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Toyota's First Unintended Acceleration Trial Dismissed

Toyota's first unintended acceleration trial has been dismissed by US District Judge James V. Selna due to jurisdiction issues - it was judged in California and it seems that it should have taken place in Utah.
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According to Automotive News (sub. req.), the case was filed by the families of two people who were killed in a Utah accident last year. The suit alleges that the carmaker did not install a brake override system or used other ways to prevent unintended acceleration.

The judge discovered that a federal warranty claim in the lawsuit didn't meet a required threshold of $50,000. The claim was levied to the dealer that handled the vehicle, with the judge ruling that plaintiffs can't use personal injury or punitive damage in a warranty claim, so the case was dismissed.

The plaintiffs' attorney told the aforementioned source that he will send a new complaints that will exclude the dealer as a defendant, thus allowing the seeking of punitive damages.

This lawsuit could be used in the future for testing evidence and theories.


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