In the nearly six months since the tragic sudden acceleration crash that killed California highway patrolman Mark Saylor and his family. In that time, we have learned:
- at least 34 people have been killed in sudden acceleration crashes
- Toyota has known about the problem for more than five years
- Toyota employed former NHTSA regulators to avoid safety recalls
- Toyota bragged about saving $100 million in avoiding a full recall because of the sudden acceleration problem
- A "win" for Toyota was a loss for safety.
So who is Akio Toyoda, the man at the helm throughout the sudden acceleration crisis and recalls? CNN tried to find out:
Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.