Toyota has agreed to pay punitive damages on top of $3 million in other awards to victims of an alleged sudden acceleration case in a Toyota Camry that included a death.
Toyota has agreed to pay punitive damages on top of $3 million in other awards to victims of an alleged sudden acceleration case in a Toyota Camry that included a death, an Oklahoma judge said Friday.
The jury already found Toyota Motor Corp. liable Thursday for the crash that killed Barbara Schwarz and injured Jean Bookout, who was awarded $1.5 million. Schwarz's family was also awarded $1.5 million in compensation for the loss.
The jury decided Toyota acted with "reckless disregard" for the rights of others.
Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish said Friday that jurors won't be deliberating additional punitive damages.
The judge didn't disclose the amount of punitive damages awarded, which is still being discussed. The judge has barred the parties from discussing the case publicly until the trial's conclusion.
Earlier this month, a California jury failed to find Toyota liable for the death of a California woman who was killed when her 2006 Camry apparently accelerated and crashed despite her efforts to stop. Jurors deliberated for about five days before concluding the vehicle's design didn't contribute to the death of 66-year-old Noriko Uno, who died in August 2009 when she was struck by another motorist, sending her vehicle into a telephone pole and tree.
In July, a federal judge in California approved a $1.6 billion settlement in a class action suit filed over economic loss suffered by owners who say their vehicles lost value over the adverse publicity about the issue.
Contributing: Associated Press