The Associated Press reports that in 2006, an Toyota vehicle engineer died of ischemic heart disease. (The engineer's name was not reported at the family's request.) The disease, his family argued, was brought on by excessive work--as much as 80 hours of overtime a month at the worker's office in Toyota City.
The news agency reports the engineer worked nights and weekends to get a vital car ready for the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit--the same show that saw the world debut of the latest Toyota Camry as well as the new Lexus LS sedan. The 45-year-old had been working on developing the Camry Hybrid for the show, but died before the car made its way to Cobo Hall.
The ruling allows the man's family to collect work benefits.
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