Toyota Malfunction Causes Wrongful Death of California Woman | Washington Auto Defect Attorneys

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.

One Response to “Toyota Malfunction Causes Wrongful Death of California Woman | Washington Auto Defect Attorneys”

  1. I think Toyota actually has an electromagnetic interference problem. You are probably familiar with the characteristic cell phone buzzing and ticking that can sometimes be heard during live television shows from any number of persons in the show wearing a cell phone. Heck, you probably heard the same cell phone buzzing and ticking off your car radio, I’m sure. Now imagine that kind of interference getting inside the vehicle’s microprocessor — you think a new gas pedal is going to prevent another runaway event?

    A microprocessor in the throes of an electromagnetic-induced epileptic fit is not going to record anything meaningful. Perhaps, that is the reason Toyota and the NHTSA are so hard-pressed to find any useful forensic data that could help solve the problem.

    Probably the only thing that can reliably override a runaway Toyota’s computer-controlled system right now would be a built-in mechanical failsafe. Until Toyota learns with certainty the root cause of the unintended accelerations, any fancy electronic, smart-braking solution is probably doomed to failure by the same and still unsolved drive-by-wire shortcoming.

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