Toyota wins federal jury trial relating to sudden unintended acceleration personal injury

Toyota won a defense verdict in federal court on Friday involving the sudden unintended acceleration of a 2005 Scion.  The plaintiff is a Long Island physician named Amir Sitafalwalla.  He alleged that his Scion accelerated into a tree, and that the acceleration was caused by either a defective throttle, non-existent brake override system, or defective floormat.  The jury deliberated for less than an hour before determining that Sitafalwalla likely caused the acceleration.  The jury found that it would have been impossible for the floormat to cause the acceleration.  Toyota is facing hundreds of sudden unintended acceleration lawsuits and this is the first to go to trial.  Many experts believe that this case will not serve as a good barometer for Toyota's liability because Toyota has already admitted that floormats in some of its vehicles (unlike the 2005 Scion) may cause unintended acceleration.  For more information, please see Sitafalwalla v. Toyota, 08-03001, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Central Islip).