Mardirossian said Uno was a cautious driver and neither floor mats nor driver error were to blame. He said witnesses heard the Camry engine racing and saw brake lights going on and off. Pulling the handbrake had "zero effect," Mardirossian said.
that center median knowing that death was near."
The Toyota litigation has gone on parallel tracks in state and federal court with both sides agreeing to settlements so far. A federal judge in Orange County is dealing with both wrongful death and economic loss lawsuits that have been consolidated. He's expected to give final approval to the economic loss settlement next week.
Officer Mark Saylor and three family members were killed on a suburban San Diego freeway when their 2009 Lexus ES 350 reached speeds of more than 120 mph, struck a sport utility vehicle, launched off an embankment, rolled several times and burst into flames. A 911 call captured Saylor's brother in law telling the others to pray before the car crashed.
First Toyota sudden acceleration case set to begin
Toyota has denied the allegation and neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor NASA found evidence of electronic problems. A trial in one of the lead cases is scheduled for November. The automaker put the brake override system in its European fleet, Mardirossian said.
Toyota said Uno's vehicle was equipped with a "state of the art" braking system and denied any defect played a role in her death.
The Uno trial, starting with jury selection Monday, is expected to last two months. The proceeding represents the first of the bellwether cases in state courts, which are chosen by a judge to help predict the potential outcome of other lawsuits making similar claims.
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It was nearly four years ago when Uno, who was out grocery shopping and depositing receipts from the restaurant, died after her car went onto a median, struck a telephone pole and then hit a large tree. Witnesses told police they saw Uno swerve to avoid hitting an oncoming truck, according to the lawsuit.
Toyota, which makes the luxury Lexus brand, agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the victims' family for $10 million. An inquiry into the crash led to recalls of millions of Toyota vehicles. Investigators said a wrong size floor mat trapped the accelerator and caused the accident.
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Other cases expected to go to trial in state courts this year include one in Oklahoma and another in Michigan. There are more than 80 similar cases filed in state courts.
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"We are confident the evidence will show that a brake override system would not have prevented this accident and that there was no defect in Mrs. Uno's vehicle," the automaker said in a statement about the upcoming trial.
Federal lawsuits contend that Toyota's electronic throttle control system was defective and caused vehicles to surge unexpectedly. Plaintiffs' attorneys have deposed Toyota employees, reviewed software code and pored over thousands of documents.
LOS ANGELES (AP) Noriko Uno was afraid of driving fast, often avoiding the freeway and taking the same route every day from her Upland home to and from her family's sushi restaurant. She had put only 10,000 miles on her 2006 Camry in about four years.
Toyota has said there was no defect in Uno's Camry. The automaker has blamed such crashes on accelerators that got stuck, floor mats that trapped the gas pedal and driver error. The company has settled some wrongful death cases and agreed to pay more than $1 billion to resolve lawsuits where owners said the value of their vehicles plummeted after Toyota's recalls because of sudden acceleration concerns.
Her case is the first to go to trial in a proceeding that could determine whether Toyota Motor Corp. should be held liable for sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles a claim made by motorists that plagued the Japanese automaker and led to lawsuits, settlements and recalls of millions of its cars and SUVs.
down, stepping on the brake pedal and pulling the emergency handle as she swerved to avoid hitting other vehicles.
The Uno family lawsuit, which claims product liability and negligence, seeks general and punitive damages. Mardirossian said Uno's relatives want to have a jury decide that the crash was not her fault.
Legal observers said Uno's attorneys won't necessarily have to prove what was wrong with the vehicle, but show that the accident could have been prevented with a brake override system.
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"If the plaintiff succeeds in convincing a jury it wasn't human error, that it was attributed to the car, I think they have a strong case," said Gregory Keating, a law professor at the University of Southern California. "Jurors, as drivers, are likely to believe strongly that cars shouldn't become uncontrollable in this way."
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