Toyota Motor Company has been ordered to pay $3 million in a lawsuit that claims a defect caused a Camry to unintentionally accelerate, leaving one woman dead and another seriously injured.
An Oklahoma jury concluded that each plaintiff is to be paid $1.5 million because the Camry’s electronic systems were defective. Toyota claims that there was nothing wrong with the Camry, and that the accident was a result of driver error.
This lawsuit is one of several hundred filed against Toyota for unintended acceleration, though this is the first case to come up that names the electronic throttle-control as the issue. In 2009 and 2010, Toyota recalled over 10 million vehicles for problems related to unintended acceleration, but that recall dealt with the car’s floor mats which the company said could wedge the accelerator down.
Since the recalls, Toyota has won all three unintended acceleration lawsuits that have made it to court.
[Source: Auto News]
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