Jurors examine evidence in case against Toyota

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Jurors literally reviewed tons of evidence Thursday in a case brought by two local residents against Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales USA.

Up for review was the Toyota 4Runner involved in the car wreck that happened several years ago, which led plaintiffs Wayne and Mary Graves to file suit against the Japanese car maker.

Jurors were able to examine the SUV involved in the wreck and examine an identical vehicle - same make, model and even color – that displayed no damage. In legal terms, the undamaged car is called an "exemplar." This one was brought up from Texas for the case.

The jury trial for Graves et al v. Toyota Motor Corporation et al is set to open next week. At issue is the vehicle's seat belt system. The evidence was parked outside Mississippi Southern District Court in Hattiesburg Thursday morning. The case is set to be heard by Judge Keith Starrett the week of February 20 through 24.

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