A private settlement for punitive damages has been reached between Toyota and plaintiffs alleging a car's sudden, unexpected acceleration led to a fatal traffic accident.
No details were released.
“All I can say is that the family is very satisfied,” plaintiffs' attorney Jere Beasley said Friday.
On Thursday, an Oklahoma County jury found that Toyota Motor Corp. acted with reckless disregard, awarding $1.5 million in actual damages each to Jean Bookout, 82, of Yukon, and the family of Barbara Schwarz, 70, of Yukon.
Toyota spokeswoman Carly Schaffner said Friday that the company “strongly disagrees” with the verdict.
“We remain committed to providing our customers with safe and reliable vehicles, and we will continue to defend our products vigorously at trial in other legal venues,” she said.
Bookout suffered serious injuries that led to $450,000 in medical expenses, and Schwarz died en route to the hospital from a ruptured spleen. The crash happened near Lake Eufaula in September 2007.
The plaintiffs' attorneys argued that a problem with the 2005 Camry's onboard throttle-control system caused the crash.
Following the settlement announcement, District Judge Patricia Parrish excused jurors, but all 12 of them stayed in the courtroom and held an open round-table with the plaintiffs' attorneys to discuss the case.
“I want to tell you all from them, that they're very, very thankful,” Beasley told jurors.
Toyota's attorneys were not present during the discussion. During trial, they said the accident was the result of driver error.
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