Toyota Charged $242 Million for Errors with 2002 Lexus ES300's Front Seats

by Mohammed Burman | 21/08/2018
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Toyota was fined $242 million in a Texas jury for the technical mistakes in the front seats of a 2002 Lexus ES300.

Toyota was charged $242 million in a Texas jury on Friday after it was found that there were some technical mistakes in the front seats of a 2002 Lexus ES300, which led to severe injuries to two young children in an accident in which the car drove into their back.

Ben and Kristi Reavis were travelling home from church on Dallas expressway in September 2016. Three-year-old Owen and five-year-old Emily, their two kids were in the back seats when an SUV crashed into the back of the family’s car. The children suffered from terrible brain trauma and other minor injuries.

Front seats of 2002 Lexus ES300

Some defects were detected with the front seats of 2002 Lexus ES300 

It was also revealed by the jury that the company did not warn about the risks of the illogical dangerous front seats.

Commenting about the jury, Eric Booth, the spokesman for Toyota said:

“While we respect the jury’s decision, we remain confident that the injuries sustained were the result or factors specific to this severe collision, not a defect in the design or manufacturing of the 2002 Lexus ES300.” 

Branson expressed his disagreement with Eric Booth by saying that Toyota should have known about the danger because they had a huge amount of time to check and fix the defects of their vehicles or give a warning.

Finally, the two children were compensated $92 million for the injuries. The compensation included mental pains, physical injuries and medical care. The two parents were awarded with $144 million.

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