Toyota wins case over 2005 crash

A federal jury in Central Islip, New York, has found Toyota was not responsible for a car crash that the driver blamed on its floor mat and an electronic throttle.

The jury decided that the Japanese car giant was not to be blamed for the Scion's floor mat or for the absence of a brake override system.

The car driver, 59-year-old Long Island doctor Amir Sitafalwala, said the 2005 accident was the result of a faulty electronic system that caused him to suddenly accelerate and crash into a tree.

US Magistrate Judge Thomas Boyle has ruled out evidence about the car's electronics.

Mr Sitafalwala's 2008 lawsuit was the first case to go to trial since Toyota recalled millions of vehicles in 2009.

In a statement, Toyota called the verdict an "early indicator of the strength of the legal theories behind unintended acceleration claims" against the Japanese company.

"We believe that this case sets an important benchmark for unintended acceleration litigation against Toyota across this country," the statement said.

The US government was paid £30.5 million in fines by Toyota for handling three of its recalls.

An investigation by US regulators into possible causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota cars has found no faults with the automaker's electronic throttle.

Hundreds of claims in the US regarding the recalls have been consolidated under one judge in a US District Court in California.

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