Thursday, an Oklahoma jury awarded $3 million to a woman and the survivors of a woman that was killed in a Toyota vehicle because of a Toyota fatal acceleration. CNN Money reported on the story Friday, and stated that the jury found that Toyota showed a "reckless disregard" for the safety of drivers of their cars.
Toyota said that they disagreed with the verdict, and at the same time denied responsibility for the issues, leaving consumers angry. The case has been called the Toyota fatal acceleration in the media . Toyota released this statement Friday:
While we strongly disagree with the verdict, we are satisfied that the parties reached a mutually acceptable agreement to settle this case. We will continue to defend our products vigorously at trial in other legal venues.
Toyota cannot appeal the verdict and the verdict will stand.
The plaintiff’s attorney, Cole Portis said:
We are fully convinced that Toyota's conduct from the time the electronic throttle control system (ETCS) was designed has been shameful. We appreciate that the jury had the courage to let Toyota and the public know that Toyota was reckless. Hopefully, Toyota will recall all of their questionable vehicles and install a computer that will be safe.
Toyota recently agreed to pay over $1 billion to settle a class action lawsuit of Toyota car owners whose resale value of their Toyota has dramatically declined. Approximately half of that settlement will be spent on installing a brake override system in vehicles that have shown issues in the past. There are still over 700 “Toyota fatal acceleration” cases that have yet to be heard.
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