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Toyota heading to trial 8 years after deadly crash

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Toyota heading to trialOne of the largest recalls in history brought 9 million cars back to the dealership after reports of Toyota Camrys (and other vehicles) that would inexplicably accelerate.

In 2006, one Minnesota driver was sent to prison for his role in a deadly crash but he was later freed after reports and recalls surfaced about a ‘sticking gas pedal.’ The Associated Press reports that driver, Koua Fong Lee, and other survivors of that crash are now demanding justice from Toyota in court.

Lee spent nearly three years in prison when his 1996 Camry rear-ended another vehicle, killing three in St. Paul, Minn. Toyota later recalled several models in 2010 but did not include the 1996 Camry despite Lee’s similar claim of a sticking gas pedal.

Since the recalls, which included several makes and models between 2004 and 2010, Toyota agreed to pay the federal government a $1.2 billion settlement. The automaker also agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle lawsuits by owners who said the vehicle value took a fall after the recalls.

Jury selection for Lee’s lawsuit began Wednesday. Opening statements are expected Thursday.

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