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Toyota entering settlement talks to resolve pending sudden-acceleration lawsuits

All federal and state litigation involving sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles has been stayed after the automaker agreed to enter into an intensive settlement process that could resolve hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death cases it faces. Toyota has spent about $2 billion in legal costs since 2009 disputing hundreds of claims that its cars and trucks sped out of control unexpectedly, causing numerous crashes, injuries, and deaths. It has also spend millions more in efforts to restore its image and reputation as a high-quality, safety-oriented auto manufacturer as sudden-acceleration complaints continued to mount against it. But despite ... Read More

Oklahoma jury awards plaintiffs $3 million in Toyota sudden acceleration case

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Toyota Motor Corp. must pay $3 million to the families of an Oklahoma woman killed and another seriously injured when the 2005 Camry they were riding in suddenly surged out of control and crashed into an embankment, an Oklahoma state court jury decided last week. The verdict came as welcome news to the families of Barbara Schwarz, who was killed in the horrific 2007 crash, and Jean Bookout, the driver, who survived with debilitating injuries. It also represents a significant milestone for hundreds of other plaintiffs with personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits against Toyota pending in the ... Read More

Transportation secretary says people should stop driving recalled Toyotas

Toyota’s recent recall of 2.3 million cars and sport utility vehicles over “sticking” accelerator pedals follows a larger recall last October of 4.2 million vehicles for possible floor mat entrapment. The recalls have created an undercurrent of fear of confusion among Toyota owners, many of whom no longer feel their cars are safe to drive. Apparently, the Department of Transportation is as confused as everyone else. Testifying before a House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation this morning, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that owners of the recalled Toyota models should stop driving their vehicles them until Toyota is able to repair ... Read More

Toyota recalls include the Pontiac Vibe

All the news about Toyota’s record-breaking recalls and its week-old production and sales suspension have made it easy to forget about the Pontiac Vibe, the hybrid car that General Motors manufactured for the 2009 and 2010 model years. But what does a General Motors car have to do with the Toyota recalls? A true hybrid in more ways than one, the Vibe is actually a spin-off of the Toyota Matrix and Corolla. Toyota actually manufactured all three vehicles at the now-defunct New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, California. NUMMI was a joint venture between General Motors and ... Read More

Toyota begins repairing “sticky” gas pedals

Indiana-based CTS Corporation is cooperating with Toyota by sending new gas pedal assemblies to replace the ones Toyota claims are potentially defective, but the supplier says that the new pedals won’t solve the sudden acceleration problem that afflicts so many Toyota vehicles. Toyota issued a recall of 2.3 million cars and sport utility vehicles in January, on top of the 4.2 million vehicles it recalled in September the potential to accelerate unexpectedly — a problem Toyota says is caused by floor mat interference with the gas pedal. The auto manufacturer then suspended sales and further production of all the models ... Read More

Federal government ordered Toyota production and sales suspension

Yesterday, Toyota ran full-page advertisements in more than 20 major American newspapers to tell customers that its decision to suspend production and sales of many of its top-selling vehicles is just a “Temporary pause. To put you first,” as the headline proclaims. “Why have we taken this unprecedented action?” Toyota asks in the ad. “Because it’s the right thing to do for our customers.” However, Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood’s told Chicago radio station WGN last week that the federal government pressed the company to halt production of the vehicles. “The reason Toyota decided to do the recall and to stop ... Read More

Toyota adds more vehicles to sudden acceleration recall

Toyota announced that it will recall more than a million other cars and trucks in the United States over concerns that the vehicles could accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. The world’s largest car manufacturer added approximately 1.09 million to the recall list of 4.2 million vehicles that it originally announced last September. Toyota claims that the floor mats in these vehicles can become locked with the gas pedal, trapping it in an open position and causing the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly. The new additions to the sudden acceleration recall include the 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Venza, 2009-2010 Matrix, and 2009-2010 ... Read More

Pedal manufacturer says it’s not to blame for Toyota problems, recalls

In its latest recall involving 2.3 million vehicles, Toyota said that the throttle assemblies in eight models could wear over time, causing the gas pedal to stick in open position, return to idle too slowly, or generally become less responsive. Today, the manufacturer of those throttle mechanisms, CTS Corporation, issued a statement firmly insisting that its parts are not responsible for any of the unintended acceleration incidents involving Toyota vehicles. Toyota’s recall this month of vehicles with sticking accelerator pedals is separate from the record recall it announced last September of more than 4 million vehicles in response to reports ... Read More

Toyota will expand latest recall to include European vehicles

Last week, Toyota announced a recall of approximately 2.3 million cars and trucks in the United States because of faulty throttle assemblies that could wear over time, causing the accelerator pedal to stick or return to idle too slowly. This week, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reports that Toyota is expanding that recall to include about 2 million vehicles in Europe. The 4.3 million vehicles expected to be included in both the American and European recalls amount to 55 percent of the 7.81 million vehicles that Toyota sold in 2009, the Wall Street Journal says. The number does not include the 4.2 ... Read More

Toyota will make brake override system standard in all US vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. will install a new brake override system in all of its newly built vehicle models in North America by the end of 2010, said the company’s highest ranking U.S. Executive Yoshimi Inaba. The new braking system (sometimes called a “smart pedal” or “smart throttle”) will be commanded by software that shifts the engine to idle when it detects the driver is attempting to brake while the vehicle is accelerating. The brake override will work when the vehicle is traveling at a moderate or high speed and the driver applies the brake and accelerator pedals simultaneously. The software then ... Read More