Kern County jury finds for Toyota in $25m lawsuit
Last Updated: 89 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A jury has ruled against a California man whose family sued Toyota for $25 million, claiming he suffered brain injuries when his car seat collapsed.
The Bakersfield Californian (http://bit.ly/1auKalA ) says a jury in Kern County found Thursday in favor of the car company and awarded nothing to the family of Thomas Gutcher.
The 55-year-old Bakersfield man was on Highway 99 in 2008 when he stopped because a tractor plowing a field threw blinding dust across the roadway. Another car rear-ended his 1999 Camry.
Toyota Motor Corporation spokeswoman Carly Schaffner says the firm is gratified that jurors found the accident wasn't the result of a design defect.
Plaintiffs' attorney Matthew Faulkner says the family's lawyers still think the seats are dangerous but they haven't decided their next move.
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