Family Seek to Hold Toyota Accountable for Fatal Acceleration Accident
In the first Toyota sudden acceleration case to go to trial, Jim Lentz, the company’s North America Region CEO, must answer in court questions from plaintiffs’ counsel as to why Toyota failed to install a brake override system in its cars which would have allegedly prevented fatal sudden acceleration accidents.
California Superior Court Judge Lee Smalley Edmon in Los Angeles today said Lentz may be called to testify in person over objections from Toyota lawyers, who argued that previously made video depositions of Lentz should suffice.
“The parties have identified certain testimony he gave in depositions and everyone agrees is relevant and can be used in this case,” Judge Edmon said. She noted that the video recording was for pretrial evidence-sharing “purposes only” and that “there’s no question there is a difference between playing a videotaped deposition and testimony in person.”
Learn more about the rights of victims of Toyota sudden unintended acceleration accidents.
By Fabrice Vincent.