Toyota Loses First Sudden Acceleration Lawsuit

2005 Toyota Camry 1 photo
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After pulling one lawsuit out, Toyota now must pay $3 million in another case claiming a malfunctioning Camry model caused an accident due to sudden acceleration, leading to a woman’s death and another’s injury.
The 2005 Toyota Camry driven by Jean Bookout, sped out of control as she was exiting the highway in September 2007. She couldn’t stop and crashed the sedan, injuring her and killing her passenger friend Barbara Schwarz.

The automaker denied any defects in the woman’s car, but the Oklahoma City state court jury rejected Toyota’s defense, handing the automaker it’s first loss in the unintended-acceleration case.

Lawyers claim that outside electronic signals can trigger the electronically-controlled throttle system and render the car unstoppable, with the standard brakes being unable to stop the surging vehicle.

Story via Automotive News
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