Toyota not liable for death of California woman: Jury
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A jury on Thursday found that Toyota Motor Corp. is not liable for the death of a woman who was killed when her 2006 Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.
Jurors deliberated for about five days before reaching their decision and concluding the vehicle’s design didn’t contribute to the death of Noriko Uno, who died in August 2009 when she was struck by another motorist, sending her vehicle into a telephone pole and tree.
Ms Uno’s family was seeking US$20 million (S$25 million) in damages, claiming that the crash could have been avoided if Toyota had installed a brake override system. The jury found the 86-year-old motorist who ran a stop sign and hit Ms Uno should pay the family US$10 million.
Toyota blamed driver error for the crash.