In past blog posts, we've discussed the serious legal charges facing Japanese car company Toyota Motor Corp. Many of you may recall this post, covering the story of a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the auto industry giant. At the trial's end, the plaintiffs received a $10 million dollar settlement as compensation for the deaths of four victims killed when a Toyota floor mat trapped the car's accelerator to the floor and caused a tragic crash.
Toyota Motor Company and the families of four individuals killed in an August 2009 car accident recently agreed to a $10 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit. The case was thought to be one of the strongest against the automaker and was, at least in part, the cause of many of the numerous Toyota-related auto recalls over the last two years.
By now, we are all aware of the problems that have been reported concerning Toyota automobiles. Over the last year, millions of cars have been included in three separate recalls aimed at fixing various problems related to acceleration pedals, floor mats, and braking systems. Now, a recent auto accident occurring in western Utah has put these problems back in the news and has raised new questions about both the effectiveness of the recalls and the effectiveness of the fixes employed by Toyota.
It was the first uncontrollable acceleration case that broke national news in a big way, and it remains one of the most damning for Toyota. The fatal San Diego car accident occurred in August 2009.
U.S. District Court Judge James Selna will hold a hearing today to decide who the lead plaintiff attorneys will be and what information must be turned over for the upcoming lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corp. An excess of more than 320 lawsuits have been filed against the Japanese automaker to date. It is estimated that Toyota's economic damages could surpass $7 billion to compensate consumers for wrongful death suits and diminished value of thousands of vehicles.