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Toyota to Pay $11 Million in Defective Accelerator Crash

Jasmine Roziers2 years ago

According to Reuters, Toyota has been ordered to pay $11 million in connection with a fatal accident that left a man and two children dead in 2006.

Details of the Accident and Lawsuit

In 2006, a fatal car accident in St. Paul, Minnesota left Javis Trice-Adams Sr., his 9-year-old son, and a 6-year-old girl dead.

The 6-year old-girl was initially left paralyzed after the accident, but was later pronounced dead. As of Tuesday, Toyota must pay $11 million due to a defective accelerator in a 1996 Toyota Camry.

The driver of the Camry, Koua Fong Lee slammed his car into an Oldsmobile Ciera in 2006 but insists it was not his fault. Before the defective accelerator was mentioned, Lee was charged with vehicular manslaughter and served three years in prison before pursuing the lawsuit with passengers injured or killed in the accident.

With the discovery of the defective accelerator, the jury decided that Toyota was 60 percent liable for the crash. 

National Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2012, NHTSA recorded 33,561 traffic-related fatalities. This marked a 3.3-percent increase over the 32,479 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in 2012:

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