Updated at 7:05p.m. with a press release from Toyota.
A Dallas County jury on Friday awarded greater than $242 million to a family after finding that producer defects in their Lexus ES 300 prompted their kids to undergo severe and everlasting injuries throughout a rear-end collision in 2016.
The jury of 9 males and three ladies deliberated for greater than eight hours earlier than finding that the entrance seats of Benjamin and Kristi Reavis’ 2002 Lexus ES 300 had been, because the plaintiffs argued, “unreasonably dangerous.”
Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales additionally did not warn the family about that hazard, which amounted to gross negligence, jurors agreed. Their verdict included greater than $143.6 million in punitive damages.
The family’s authorized crew offered proof they stated confirmed engineering, design and structural points with the entrance seat backs of the car. The legal professionals argued Toyota consciously selected to guard front-seat occupants in accidents on the expense of rear-seat passengers.
The Reavis family’s incident occurred in September 2016 whereas they had been driving southbound on North Central Expressway. The couple’s Three-year-old son, Owen, and 5-year-old daughter, Emily, had been in baby security seats in the rear.
The automobile was stopped in visitors when it was rear-ended by a Honda Pilot pushed by a Jacksonville, Fla., man. The influence prompted the entrance seats of the Lexus to break down backward into the seats of the youngsters, who sustained cranium fractures and traumatic mind injuries, in response to court docket paperwork.
“This is a danger that Toyota has known about,” legal professional Frank Branson stated in a press launch, representing the family. “This company has had plenty of time to design around these safety shortcomings.”
Jurors discovered the company and gross sales department 95 % liable for the damages, with the driving force of the Honda, Michael Mummaw, liable for the rest.
The firm, which in 2017 relocated its North American company headquarters to Plano, launched a press release Friday that stated it would “consider our options moving forward.”
“While we respect the jury’s decision, we remain confident that the injuries sustained were the result of factors specific to this very severe collision, not a defect in the design or manufacturing of the 2002 Lexus ES300,” the corporate assertion stated.