A judge in Minnesota has cleared the way for a auto defect lawsuit
against Toyota involving a sticking accelerator.
According to court documents, a 1996 Toyota Camry driven by
Koua Fong Lee collided with an Oldsmoblie carrying fivey passengers in 2006.
Three people in the Oldsmobile were killed. Lee was convicted of criminal
vehicular homicide and careless driving. He was sentenced to eight years in
In Mach 2010, Lee petitioned for post-conviction relief
based on two product recalls of Toyota vehicles. Though Toyota’s recalls did
not specifically cover Lee’s vehicle, two expert witnesses corroborated Lee’s
story that the vehicle’s accelerator system malfunctioned. Witnesses said that,
just prior to the crash, Lee had shouted, “Brakes! Brakes not working!”
At Lee’s hearing, 11 other witnesses testified they had
experienced acceleration problems with their 1995 or 1996 Toyota Camry.
Lee and others involved in the fatal car accident sued
Toyota, claiming that the company knew of defects in the Camry and fraudulently
concealed the problem.
Toyota has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming
that the plaintiffs failed to diligently investigate the claims.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by an
automotive defect, please contact the Appleton automobile defects lawyers of
Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.