Toyota Motor Corp.
knew of the danger of stuck pedals and failed to install a brake-override system in the 2006 Camry of a woman who died in a crash, a lawyer told jurors in the first fatal sudden-acceleration case to go to trial.
"Had Toyota installed a brake-override system, the vehicle would have come to a stop," Garo Mardirossian, the lawyer for the widow and son of Noriko Uno, said today in his opening statement in state court in Los Angeles.
Uno, then 66, died when her Camry sped out of control and crashed into a tree after it was hit by a car that ran a stop sign, Mardirossian said.
The jury trial is the first against Toyota over sudden, unintended acceleration that led to a death.