Sunday, October 27, 2013

Toyota expects US speed up case after $3 million judgment

Oct 25 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp. reached a lawsuit in the United States about unintended acceleration problems to solve, one day after a jury the Japanese carmaker is liable a deal on Friday and found defects to pay child causes $3 million for a fatal accident in 2007.

A jury in Oklahoma on Thursday ordered the company to pay $3 million damages to Jean Bookout, a driver, the 2007 crash and the family of Barbara Schwarz, who was killed, injured. Jurors were planned, again advises on Friday whether to award punitive damages against Toyota.

Before the jury could reach a decision, Toyota announced, and lawyers for the plaintiffs reached a confidential settlement on damages of any kind, to resolve the case.

The dispute is to address one of the first with acceleration issues to court, as similar concerns Toyota 2009 to recall millions of vehicles to prompted. The suit alleges that defects in the software in the electronic throttle control system of Sulu's 2005 Camry caused it accelerate out of control and crash to kill black.

"While we strongly with the ruling did not agree, we are satisfied that the parties resolve a settlement agreed to in this case" Toyota spokeswoman Carly Schaffner said in a statement.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs, J. Cole Portis, said, welcomes the decision of the jury. "We are convinced that Toyota behavior from the time the electronic throttle control system developed, was a disgrace," said Portis in a statement. "We appreciate that the jury has had the courage to let Toyota and the public know that Toyota was reckless."

The case is the first defeat for Toyota in a number of early studies on questions of acceleration, which prompted hundreds of lawsuits across the country in the wake of the recalls. The Camry 2005 goes in the trial Oklahoma was not included in the recalls.

In two earlier trials in Brooklyn, New York and California, Toyota of the warranty acquitted alleged acceleration-like.

Were about 200 proposed class-action lawsuits and more than 500 individual cases filed against Toyota since February 2009 about the alleged acceleration problems according to a regulatory filing by the company.

Toyota has already agreed to a settlement worth $1.6 billion claims for economic losses, such as cost or lowered resale value, to repair to solve issues of the acceleration. The settlement not on personal injury or wrongful execution.

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