Following the recent development of the first fatal accident related to Toyota acceleration problems, the lawyer of the victim advocates the Japanese company knew about the issues.
As we reported earlier, in U.S. the first fatal sudden-acceleration case to go to trial is now judging and its outcome will be decisive if other lawsuits will follow. Already, Toyota settled economic-loss claims by U.S. drivers after the recall of more than 10 million cars worldwide in 2009 and 2010. Lawyers for drivers valued the settlement at $1.63 billion. The recall followed complaints of sudden, unintended acceleration, including stuck accelerator pedals and floor mats that would shift out of position and get wedged under the gas pedal.
“Had Toyota installed a brake-override system, the vehicle would have come to a stop,” Garo Mardirossian, the lawyer for the widow and son of Noriko Uno, said yesterday in his opening statement in state court in Los Angeles.
We remind that the driver, Uno, 66, died when her Camry sped out of control and crashed into a tree after it was hit by a car that ran a stop sign in Upland, California. Her trial case is the first to go before a jury of about 85 personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits consolidated in Los Angeles Superior Court, all filed against Toyota in relation to the sudden acceleration issues.