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A dispute has arisen in a lawsuit against Toyota over the locking system of its 2005 4Runner, and, according to products liability attorneys, it may foreshadow the type of discovery disputes that are likely to arise in the unsettled post-Tincher v. Omega Flex landscape.

The discovery dispute comes in a case, Reed v. Toyota Motor, over claims that its locking system was defective because the doors automatically unlocked when the vehicle was placed in park.

The locking system, according to the allegations, allowed Cornelius Crawford to enter Krystal Lin Wang’s vehicle, where he physically and sexually assaulted her. Crawford then drove the vehicle, and fatally struck a mother and three children as he tried to evade police, according to court documents.

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