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First Toyota acceleration case goes to trial

Decision could determine whether the automaker is liable in other similar cases

The first of many sudden acceleration cases against Toyota Motor Co. is about to go to trial.

The case centers on Noriko Uno, a 66-year-old woman who was killed when her 2006 Camry sped out of control and struck a telephone pole and tree. The sudden acceleration cases have plagued the Japanese automaker since 2009, when it began recalling thousands of its Toyota and Lexus vehicles after many similar crashes.

Although Toyota has settled other cases, Uno’s is the first to go to trial and may determine whether the automaker will be held liable for the acceleration problem. Toyota claims there was no problem with Uno’s Camry—and has said many of these types of crashes were caused by floor mats that trapped the gas pedal and driver error.

Uno’s trial starts today with jury selection and is expected to last about two months. Eighty other cases are also set to be tried in the coming months.

Read more about this case on USA Today.

Read more InsideCounsel coverage of Toyota’s ongoing litigation:

Toyota settles first of hundreds of wrongful death suits

Toyota sudden acceleration settlement wins preliminary approval

Toyota Troubles

Toyota settles suit with shareholders

First Toyota sudden acceleration case dismissed

California law won’t help some Toyota owners sue the company

Toyota slapped with maximum fine





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