The federal lawsuit on behalf of Koua Fong Lee and his family against Toyota Motor Corp. was filed in U.S. District Court in St. Paul on Monday.
Bob Hilliard, an attorney from Corpus Christi, Texas would not speculate what he might ask a jury to award, reported The Star Tribune.
Lee said that Toyota knew its product had defects because the company had received previous complaints about various models, but the company failed to correct problems.
In a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company "knowingly hid" safety problems from regulators.
The Pioneer Press reported that Toyota was negligent, committed fraud and was responsible for the infliction of emotional distress onto the Lee family.