Jury Finds No Acceleration Defect With Toyota Camry

The National Law Journal

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Toyota has won the first bellwether trial over sudden acceleration defects after a Los Angeles jury found no design defects caused a 2006 Camry to suddenly accelerate, killing its 66-year-old driver.

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  • Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

    So an 86-year-old woman running a red light, not Toyota's electronic throttle system, was the real cause of 66-year-old Ms. Uno's fatal crash. Where does Toyota go to get its reputation back, and what punishment will the plaintiff's lawyers and their enablers in Congress receive for willfully pursuing and promoting meritless litigation against a deep-pocket manufacturer, all at the expense of taxpayers who provide precious court resources?

  • usedkarguy

    Yes, the jury did get it right. I've sold hundreds of Toyotas over the years, and I own a Matrix with 153,000 miles that has required less than $200 in repairs. Aside from driver input to cause the problem (floor mats), shifting to neutral or turning the ignition key back one click would stop the car. Toyota is the victim of persecution by a runaway government agency acting to increase their own market share with their government owned automaker.
    Now, if we could get the Justice Department to spend as much time prosecuting mortgage securities and foreclosure fraud, and get a jury to hear GMAC/ResCap violations (oh, that's ALLY now) against homeowners in the SDNY, we'd be in luck!

  • Fred Furrer

    The jury got this one right. It makes no sense that "sudden unwanted acceleration" by the car itself is to blame when there are a dozen ways in which a car might accelerate because of inadvertent driver input. If there really was a problem with the Toyota controls, it would be very evident in the millions of Toyotas having the same controls, but which have actually never exhibited this kind of behavior. It is a nonsense notion to believe that ALL Toyotas which exhibit "sudden unwanted acceleration" subsequently crash.

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