Verdict for Toyota Reversed

The 11th Circuit has reversed a jury verdict in favor of Toyota in a seat belt case, holding that the judge should have instructed the jury on the consumer expectation test. The judge only instructed on the risk-utility test. The judge was applying Florida law and the 11th Circuit ruled that, under Florida law, a seatbelt is a product about which a ordinary consumer could form expectations.

Read the opinion here. As you do remember that Tennessee also has a consumer expectation test in products cases.