Toyota Ordered to Pay $242M for Lexus Seat Defect

(From The National)

A jury in Texas on Friday hit Toyota with a $242 million compensation bill after finding that defects in the front seats of a 2002 Lexus ES300 caused serious injuries to two young children in a rear-end collision in 2016.

The jury in state court in Dallas awarded $144 million in punitive damages after finding Toyota Motor and Toyota Motor Sales were grossly negligent in the matter, according to court papers. The jury found that the front seats were unreasonably dangerous and that the company did not warn of a risk to users.

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