Manufacturers in the automotive industry have a responsibility to ensure the products they bring to the market are safe for consumers to use. The Oklahoma Defective Product Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain any failure to do so can lead to costly recalls. The company may also be potentially held liable for any damages caused by accidents resulting from fault products.
Such a case recently resulted in the Toyota Motor Corp. being ordered by an Oklahoma jury to pay a $3 million award to the family and victim of a crash caused by a faulty electronic system in one of their vehicles.
According to an article published by the L.A. Times, the incident occurred in September 2007, when a 2005 Toyota Camry sedan’s electronic system failed, resulting in the vehicle accelerating out of control and the vehicle’s brakes malfunctioning. The Camry crashed a short time later, killing the driver and leaving a passenger seriously injured.
The victim and the family of the driver later filed suit against Toyota, claiming they were negligent in failing to ensure the electronic system was in working order. A jury agreed and awarded $1.5 million to each of the plaintiffs.
J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal injury Lawyers recognize how difficult losing a loved one to another motorist’s negligence can be and hope the decision that was reached brings a sense of closure to the victim and their families.