Jury: '96 Camry had defect, partly to blame in fatal crash
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A federal jury says Toyota Motor Corp.'s 1996 Camry had a design defect that was partly to blame for a fatal 2006 crash in Minnesota, but that the diver also was partially responsible.
The verdict was announced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
Koua Fong Lee was driving when his 1996 Camry crashed into another vehicle in St. Paul. Lee testified that he tried to stop, but the car wouldn't slow.
Lee was convicted of vehicular homicide and sent to prison, but he was released amid reports that suggested some Toyota cars had sudden acceleration problems. He later sued.
Lee's attorneys say a defect in the design of the 1996 Toyota Camry caused the crash, not Lee. Toyota argued there was no defect and Lee was negligent.