Oklahoma jury hits Toyota with $3M verdict in unintended acceleration case
OKLAHOMA – An Oklahoma state jury has found Toyota at fault in a 2007 crash caused by an unintended acceleration that killed a passenger and injured the driver.
The Oklahoma City jury awarded $1.5 million each to the injured woman and the survivors of the woman who was killed. This is the first verdict against Toyota in an unintended acceleration case.
The jury also found Toyota guilty of “reckless disregard” for the public safety.
It will now consider whether Toyota must pay additional punitive damages to the victims. Because the jury is still considering the case, the judge has imposed a gag order on lawyers for both sides. Toyota also had no comment.
Toyota has already agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a class-action suit by car owners who saw the resale value of their cars decline. A little more than half of the settlement went towards installing a “brake override” system in affected vehicles.
But that settlement does not cover cases in which personal injury or death occurred.
According to financial fillings, the automaker still faces more than 700 unintended acceleration cases.