Nine lawsuits have been filed by the survivors and families of the five women who died in a fatal limo fire on the San Mateo Bridge back in May of this year. The civil suits allege that everyone from the limo company to the car manufacturer to the limousine builders and repair shops are at fault for the blaze that broke out in the back of the vehicle and caused the women to be trapped inside.

In August, the California Highway Patrol determined the fire was an accident caused by a mechanical problem with the air spring suspension in the 1999 Lincoln Stretch Town Car and did not file criminal charges against the the driver or the limo operator.

The new lawsuits were filed in San Mateo County Superior Court on behalf of four survivors and five were for wrongful death of the victims. The lawsuits claim Limo Stop Inc, Ford Motor Company, DaBryan Coach Builders and Bay Area Limousine Repair were all generally negligent in the incident, but do not name one specific problem. The plaintiffs have demanded a jury trial.

Previously: All Limo Fire coverage on SFist

[Bay Area News Group]
[San Mateo County Times]