Oklahoma jury considers Toyota acceleration case


An Oklahoma County jury is considering whether an alleged defect in a Toyota Camry's electronics system caused the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly, leading to an accident that killed one woman and seriously injured another.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs and Toyota Motor Corp. delivered closing arguments in the case Thursday.

Jean Bookout, then 76, was driving a 2005 Toyota Camry when it crashed in 2007 near Eufaula. She was injured and 70-year-old passenger Barbara Schwarz was killed.

The plaintiffs' attorneys contend Toyota knew about problems with its electronic throttle-control system, but concealed those from the public.

Toyota's attorney says there is no evidence the crash was related to a software defect, and that Bookoout's accident likely resulted from driver error.

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