Auto Accident liability – Toyota CEO testifies
Although it is certain that most top auto executives are not competent to testify as to safety features, the decision by Garo Mardirossian to call Lentz to testify in this case is brilliant. The failure of the chief executive of Toyota to know even the basic particulars of the brake overide system, attempting to evade the fact that sudden acceleration constitutes a safety emergency, etc., is damning testimony in front of the jury. After all, to be effective in a product liability trial, the plaintiff must engender anger in the jury at the manufacturer’s seeming callousness and indifference toward its customers. Having encountered Mr. Mardirrosian in a professional capacity in the past I am sure that he is well qualified and prepared to hold Toyota to account.