Torrance, California – Toyota has won a court case that was seen “as an early indicator of the strength of the legal theories behind current unintended acceleration claims against the company,” the automaker said in a statement.

The case, heard in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, found a verdict in favour of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. in an alleged unintended acceleration case brought by Dr. Amir Sitafalwalla, who claimed that an unsecured driver’s floor mat was the primary cause of the crash of his Scion in August 2005.

During the week-long trial, Dr. Sitafalwalla’s primary expert withdrew his assertion that the vehicle’s electronic throttle control system could also have been a cause of the crash, based on his acknowledgement that he had no basis to support that claim.

In a statement, Toyota said, “We believe that this case sets an important benchmark for unintended acceleration litigation against Toyota across this country, as it clearly demonstrates a plaintiff’s inability to identify, let alone prove the existence of, an alleged electronic defect in Toyota vehicles that could cause unintended acceleration.”

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