An Oklahoma jury ruled that Toyota Motor Corp. must pay $3 for a lawsuit claiming that an electronic defect caused a 2005 Camry to unintentionally accelerate, resulting in an accident that left one woman dead and another seriously injured. The jury awarded $1.5 milion for each woman and will continue to deliberate over possible punitive damages. This is the first unintended acceleration lawsuit that Toyota has lost and the first to test the theory that the vehicles’ electronic throttle control system is defective.
One of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, in an email, said that in addition to the jury finding that the Camry’s electronics were defective, they also found that Toyota acted with “reckless” disregard. (Read More…)