The proceedings in recent legal battles have proved to be a breather for Toyota. The jurors of Los Angeles have ruled in the favor of the Auto giant. This was a suit that claimed the presence of a design defect in 2006 model of the Toyota Camry which possibly made it absolutely impossible for the vehicle to stop once it was struck by another vehicle! The driver of the Camry, Noriko Uno, unfortunately passed away in the accident. And it was this incident that triggered the announcement of a lawsuit against Toyota. Personal injury and accident attorneys were closely following this case.
An Unseemly Amount
Whereas the jurors have cleared Toyota of all charges in this accident, it has chosen to award an irrational amount of $10 million towards the damages caused due to negligence of the aged driver who hit the Camry, according to reports published in NBC Los Angeles, in the Los Angeles Times, and on The Blog of Legal Times. According to Garo Mardirossian, the accident lawyer of Uno’s family, her foot had become wedged on top of the gas pedal post the collision.
Another Accident Caused by an Elderly Person
However, she was unable to stop the car by applying the brakes with the other foot because the Camry did not have the brake override system, The Los Angeles Times reported. This system, which deactivates the accelerating system on pressing the brakes, was not introduced in Toyota vehicles until 2010.
The accident attorney from the defense has argued that perhaps Uno pressed the accelerator instead of the brake. Or else, the brakes would have stopped the car. The defense accident lawyer insisted that Uno did not “use” the brakes at all. This case was one of the first “bellwether” cases to go to trial. As per the LA times, the impact it is likely to have on other cases is unclear since the brake override system is in focus here. Other cases are about some electronic defects in Toyota cars. Well, at least they did not ask for a $50 billion bailout like GM did and which will never be repaid.