Toyota Exonerated in 2009 Sudden Acceleration Death Case

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Although Toyota has many cases still pending nationwide regarding incidences of unintended acceleration with its vehicles, a Los Angeles jury handed the Japanese automaker a victory involving a case with a 2006 Camry, a vehicle that wasn't covered in the company's massive recall efforts of 2009 and 2010. According to a Bloomberg report, the jurors concluded a brake override system would not have made a difference in the case of Noriko Uno's accident, in which her car sped away into oncoming traffic when struck by another vehicle.

Although this is an important symbolic victory for Toyota, it's only one of many others working their way through the courts nationwide. The 2006 Camry was also not involved in the massive recall affecting millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota issued a statement after the ruling saying, "We believe this verdict sets a significant benchmark by helping further confirm that Toyota vehicles are safe with or without brake override."

Toyota has had legal victories in other unintended acceleration cases, including a case in New York and Philadelphia. It still faces trials ahead in Oklahoma City and Santa Ana. Some of the cases the company has ahead involve witnesses that survived the incidents and could testify about their experiences.

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