(Aug. 17) – Toyota Motor Corp. manufactured a Lexus with defective seatback failure that caused permanent brain damage to two small children during a 2016 crash on North Central Expressway, a Dallas jury ruled Friday.
After about eight hours of deliberation over two days, nine men and three women ordered Toyota to pay $242 million – $144 million of it in punitive damages – to Benjamin and Kristi Reavis, the parents of 7-year-old Emily and 5-year-old Owen.
Jurors ruled that despite widespread knowledge of seatback failure in the automotive industry, Toyota was consciously indifferent to fixing the problem among . . .
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