Los Angeles jury pins blame on other vehicle that hit Camry before acceleration
A bellwether case against Toyota regarding the fatal death of a woman driving a 2006 Camry found Toyota not at fault and the vehicle not defective due to a lack of brake override system.
The 2006 Camry was not covered under unintended acceleration recalls by the Japanese automaker. There are over 80 other cases pending against Toyota having to do with vehicles outside of the recalls. The verdict for this case may set a precedent for others.
“We are gratified that the jury concluded the design of the 2006 Camry did not contribute to this unfortunate accident, affirming the same conclusion we reached after more than three years of careful investigation — that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle at issue in this case,” Toyota spokeswoman, Carly Schaffner, said in a statement.
“We believe this verdict sets a significant benchmark by helping further confirm that Toyota vehicles are safe with or without brake override.”
Lawyers successfully argued since Uno, the car’s driver, didn’t attempt to brake the vehicle, a brake override system wouldn’t have helped the situation.
[Source: Automotive News]