AKRON (Aug. 11, 2010) — The multi-million-vehicle recalls by Toyota Motor Co. not only threw the car maker and auto industry into turmoil, but had an indelible effect on some of the motoring public who drive Toyotas.
In this week's TBlog, Phil Nussel, an editor with Automotive News, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business, writes about the tragic case of Koua Fong Lee, originally convicted of vehicular homicide when the Toyota he was driving went out of control, causing a fatal accident. Seeking mercy for his client, Mr. Lee's attorney erroneously decided to tell the jury that Mr. Lee had accidentally hit the accelerator. A judge recently vacated Mr. Lee's eight-year sentence and set him free.
Check out the latest TBlog—along with an archive of previous Tire Business blogs—at A human face on the fallout of Toyota's recalls: Are there more Koua Fong Lees? or by clicking on the TBlog button at the top of the tirebusiness.com home page. Have a comment about this or other TBlog musings? Want to subscribe? There's a place to do that on the blog page, too.