Last week a California family filed a lawsuit against Toyota blaming the auto manufacturer for a fatal accident that resulted in the wrongful death of Noriko Uno. The Uno family also demanded that Toyota vastly expand the now voluntary recall of some of their cars because the gas pedal malfunctions, are a danger to society. The lawsuit specifically states that the Uno family believes the crash which caused the wrongful death of Noriko Uno was caused by problems with Toyota’s “drive-by-wire” throttle system. Toyota has publically stated that problems like this one are rooted in poor fitting floor mats that can cause the accelerator pedal to jam or stick. Toyota has not yet responded to the Uno case.
The Uno family is asking for monetary damages to make up for Toyota’s ‘negligence’.
The lawyer for the family had this to say about Noriko Uno’s tragic accident. “Witnesses saw her vehicle rocketing 100 miles an hour, weaving in and out of traffic trying to avoid hitting people and it eventually hit a curb, went airborne, hit a pole, then hit a tree, and she died,” he said.
The Uno family hopes that their lawsuit and other similar lawsuits across the county will force Toyota to expand their recall and make changes to this system in the future. Specifically they would like to see Toyota install a brake override system in all of their future Toyota models that would cut engine power when both the brake and throttle are engaged. They believe a feature like this would have saved Noriko’s life.
At the time of this writing, Toyota had already recalled over 8 million vehicles worldwide. I’m sure we can expect to see even more recalls in the near future, and hopefully no more car accidents involving problems with Toyota are reported.
We will keep the Uno family in our thoughts and wish them the best in these very difficult of times.