Jury: Toyota not liable for death of Calif. woman

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A jury says Toyota is not liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her 2006 Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop.

Toyota spokeswoman Carly Schaffner says jurors reached their decision Thursday and concluded the vehicle's design didn't contribute to the death of Noriko Uno. She died in August 2009 when her car struck a telephone pole and tree.

The outcome of the bellwether case could help predict whether Toyota will be held responsible for sudden unintended acceleration in other cases filed in state courts. Uno's family was seeking $20 million in damages, claiming that the crash could have been avoided if Toyota had installed a brake override system.

The Japanese automaker blamed driver error.


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