Yesterday, a jury in California found Toyota not accountable in one of the first wrongful death lawsuits that went on trial in the US in relation to the alleged defects that caused some cars to unexpectedly accelerate.
As we reported earlier, the husband and son of Noriko Uno, a 66-year old woman killed in a 2009 car crash in her 2006 Toyota Camry, filed for intense media scrutinized case. Uno’s vehicle was not among the cars that were subject to the acceleration-related recalls. This is just one of the hundreds of similar lawsuits that called Toyota on trial because of the acceleration issues, which forced the automaker to recall millions of vehicles since 2009.
“Regarding the verdict, 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,” a Toyota spokeswoman said in a statement.
According to their fillings in the lawsuit, Uno’s Camry was hit by another vehicle, which made it speed out of control on an agglomerated California road and then struck a tree, killing Uno. Her family said that she lost her life because of the automaker’s failure to install brake-override systems that could have stopped the out-of-control phenomenon of acceleration.