The sudden-unintended acceleration cases that are being blamed on Toyota have taken an interesting turn, as the Judge overseeing the personal injury lawsuits against the company is warning jurors to take some Toyota employees testimony with a grain of salt.
The owner of the facility where Toyota employees inspected the car in question, a 2008 Camry, says that a piece of plastic that was lodged in the throttle body was removed from the car by the company. “On the present record, the court cannot determine whether there is a causal relationship between the plastic piece lodged in the throttle body and the accident, or whether the piece lodged in the opening as a result, not a cause, of the crash,” the judge said. “In these circumstances, the court believes that an evidentiary sanction is appropriate, but a modest one.”
A hearing is scheduled to decide whether a default judgment against Toyota will be necessary, as the families lawyers are concerned that the company is trying to hide the real cause of the accident.
The judge has already announced after a tentative ruling that he will inform the jurors to treat Toyota’s witnesses “with greater caution than that of other witnesses.”
[Source: Automotive News]