A widow sued Toyota in US federal court in Los Angeles seeking compensation for the death of her husband on the grounds he was killed when their Prius suddenly accelerated and crashed.
Jacquelyn Donoghue of Holdrege, Nebraska, filed the complaint. The carmaker’s North American headquarters is located in Torrance, a Los Angeles suburb.
Mrs Donoghue, a 67-year-old nurse, claimed her 2006 Toyota Prius went out of control in December and slammed into another vehicle. Her husband, John Donoghue, was killed and she was injured.