Toyota Not to Blame in Calif. Crash Death: Court
Fellow driver owes $10M in damages
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 11, 2013 2:49 AM CDT
Jeffrey Uno, right, and his father, Peter Uno, the son and husband of Noriko Uno, seen in framed photo.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(Newser) – A key case in Toyota's sudden-acceleration saga has been found in the car maker's favor. A jury found that Toyota wasn't to blame in the death of Noriko Uno, 66, who lost control of her 2006 Camry in a 2009 incident, Bloomberg reports. Toyota opponents held that Uno was trying to brake, and the automaker was at fault because the car lacked a brake-override system. Uno's family is still set to receive $10 million in damages after the accident was blamed on a driver who crashed into Uno before she lost control.

The jury reached "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," says a Toyota rep. "We believe this verdict sets a significant benchmark by helping further confirm that Toyota vehicles are safe with or without brake override." Similar cases piled up after Toyota recalled vehicles over apparent sudden acceleration. Some 85 such cases are on hand in California; Toyota has won comparable ones in New York and Philadelphia.

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Chatsworth
Oct 11, 2013 5:07 PM CDT
The Toyota motor company is at fault for building cars with totall reliance on computers to manage the acceleration.If they were to backtrack and go back to good old accelerator cables hooked up to the throttle valves and the gas pedals,these accidents wouldn't happen.Computers do get glitches,and with all the microwaves flying through the air via cell phones and such, there's bound to be more of them.
Mat389u
Oct 11, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
Another case of a corporation with deep pockets buying off the justice "system." The republicons LOVE it when this happens! The car WAS defective; Toyota IS responsible!
politicalobsever
Oct 11, 2013 9:58 AM CDT
This is why frivilous and fraud litigation should be limited because everybody wants something for nothing. If a Corporation has money then they think that they should be able to rip them off easily.