A jury in Oklahoma has awarded a Verdict of $3,000,000 to plaintiffs in a case of a 2005 Toyota Camry suddenly accelerating out of control and the driver not being able to stop the vehicle for impacting an embankment. Plaintiff's expert Neil Hannemann explained that Toyota had been selling vehicles in Europe since 2002 with a Brake Override System (BOS) that would cause the engine to return to idle when the brake pedal was applied. The subject 2005 Camry, sold here in the United States did not have that system installed. After the horrible accident on CHP officer Saylor in California in 2009, Toyota started a recall campaign to retrofit some of its vehicles with BOS but the subject accident had occurred before the Saylor accident and even after that the 2005 Camry was not inculded in that recall. The jury awarded $1.5 million to each Plaintiff and will be deciding on a possible punitive damage award on October 25th, 2013 (today).
UPDATE - IT WAS ANNOUNCED EARLY FRIDAY OCTOBER 25TH THAT TOYOTA HAD SETTLED WITH THE PALINTIFFS FOR AN UNDISCLOSED SUM BEFORE THE JURY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CALCULATE THE AMOUNT OF THE PUNITIVE DAMAGE AWARD.