Toyota settles roof defect case

June, 2006

Toyota Motor Corp. of Japan has settled with a Zajac Law Firm client who claimed that a defectively weak roof contributed to head injuries sustained in a single vehicle accident. The Zajac Law Firm represented a Washington, D.C. business man who was traveling through Namibia, Africa on behalf of a U.S. federal agency when the pick-up truck he was driving went off the road and slid down an embankment. The vehicle rolled over once but the roof on the driver’s side severely collapsed. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and suffered major head injury. This claim involved a multitude of legal and factual controversies, ranging from whether suit could be brought in the U.S. to whether the head injury was caused by a rock outside the vehicle. The specific terms and conditions of settlement are confidential.