Toyota settles in sudden acceleration case
Toyota Motor Corp. reached a settlement on October 25 with the victims of a 2007 fatal crash, which included a woman who died and another one who was badly injured, after an Oklahoma jury found the company liable for sudden acceleration issues on October 24.
The jury was the first one to hold the company responsible for fatal accidents regarding these mechanical issues, as the Brooklyn, New York, and California juries sided with Toyota.
The Oklahoma trial was the first instance in which the plaintiffs argued that a car’s electronics – in this instance the 2005 Camry’s software connection to the electronic throttle-control system – caused the sudden acceleration.
The company began the recall of its vehicles in 2009 for these issues.
Legal experts said that the Oklahoma trial loss for Toyota might cause the company to prepare a broad settlement for the other lawsuits that have been filed against it.
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