A report released by the American Association for Justice shows a link between the sudden acceleration litigation brought against Toyota and the auto manufacturer's increase in efforts to innovate auto safety and take responsibility for the problems.
According to the report, since the 1960s, design litigation has helped to enforce safety standards and reveal defects and weaknesses in safety regulations.
One example of the effectives of the American civil justice system is a tragic case involving power window controls. A case was brought against Ford when a child was strangled a passenger side window when she accidentally leaned against the rocker-style switch. This forced auto manufacturers in the United States to install safer power window controls.
The AAJ believes that litigation will, in the end, have played the key role in identifying the recent problems with Toyota and will help regulators and legislators keep consumers safer in the future.
The report can be read in full here.