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LOS ANGELES — Robert J. Nelson of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff
Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP has announced that Chin Lin, formerly of
Arcadia, Calif., along with his wife Pei Yen Cheng and daughter Jessica Lin, on
Feb. 16 filed a lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. seeking compensation for
injuries they suffered when their 2005 Toyota Camry suddenly accelerated and
crashed. The accident rendered Lin a quadriplegic.
“The complaint charges that Toyota for years was aware its vehicles were
susceptible to incidents of sudden, unintended acceleration, posing a
significant risk of injury and death to vehicle occupants, other motorists, and
pedestrians,” Nelson said. “Yet, Toyota never made any significant changes to
improve the acceleration system and the electrical system, in spite of the
availability of several safe and inexpensive alternative designs and feasible
According to the lawsuit:
Since 2001, the electronic throttle system in most Toyota vehicles, including
the 2005 Toyota Camry driven by Lin, has relied on sensors, microprocessors and
electronic motors instead of a mechanical linkage, such as a steel cable, to
connect the accelerator pedal to the engine throttle plate.
The 2005 Toyota Camry, which Toyota has not yet recalled, and millions of
other Toyota vehicles were not equipped with a safety feature, known as
“brake-to-idle” override. The feature, used by other automotive manufacturers,
enables drivers to override the electronic throttle and control the vehicle in
the event of a sudden unintended acceleration.
The complaint was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court as two of the
primary defendants, Toyota Motor North America Inc. and Toyota Motor Sales Inc.,
are both California corporations with their headquarters in Los Angeles
As set forth in the complaint, on March 1, 2007, Chin Lin, 57, and his wife,
Pei-Yen Cheng, 58, were driving their daughter, Jessica Lin, 22, to an interview
at the University of Pacific, where Jessica hoped to attend school. The family
was riding in their 2005 Toyota Camry and each of them was wearing
Chin Lin was driving, Pei-Yen Cheng was in the front passenger seat, and
Jessica Lin was in the back seat. They were in the left lane proceeding south on
Interstate 5 in California. The car pulled slightly to the left so Lin
straightened it out, then quite suddenly, the vehicle shot off like an arrow.
The brakes failed and Lin lost control as the vehicle crossed to the right side
of the highway, went over the shoulder, and flew airborne off the side of the
The Camry rolled over several times and landed at the bottom of a hill where
it finally came to a stop upside-down on its hood. Lin suffered grievous
injuries, including fractured vertebrae in his cervical spine, rendering him
quadriplegic. He now requires 24-hour care and will never work again. Pei Yen
Cheng suffered head trauma, fractured ribs and other injuries. Jessica Lin also
suffered back and other injuries. Before the incident, Lin was a mechanical
engineer in a managerial position in which he supervised other engineers in the
design and building of propulsion systems for cargo ships.
Legal Resources For Drivers And Passengers Injured In Toyota
Sudden Acceleration Accidents.
Lieff Cabraser represents persons injured in accidents involving Toyota and
Lexus vehicles that suddenly accelerated across America. If you would like to
learn more about your legal rights please visit http://www.usautoinjurylaw.com/cases/defects/acceleration/toyota-lexus.htm
or call toll free at 1-800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Todd
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP is a 60-plus attorney law firm
that has represented plaintiffs nationwide since 1972. Learn more at www.lieffcabraser.com.