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Another Lawsuit Filed In Deadly Crash of Runaway Toyota Yaris

The parents of a man killed in a horrific crash involving a Toyota Yaris that allegedly sped out of control are suing the automaker, claiming sudden unintended acceleration caused the crash, which killed five people in Ontario, Calif., New Year’s Eve. Donald and Maureen Pusateri filed the wrongful death / product liability complaint June 2 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages for the loss of their son, 29-year-old Matthew Pusateri of Mission Viejo. Mr. Pusateri was traveling in a Toyota Solara with three others when a Toyota Yaris sped down an I-10 exit ramp in San Bernardino County ... Read More

1.5 Million Toyota Vehicles Added to Takata Airbag Recall

Another expansion of the Takata airbag recall adds more than 1.5 million Toyotas to the list of vehicles in the U.S. that need repairs to correct potentially explosive inflator mechanisms. The Japanese automaker said the new recall includes Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, 4Runner, Sienna, Scion xB, Lexus ES, GX and IS vehicles built between 2006 and 2011, but not all of those models made during that time are affected. Toyota said it will contact owners of the vehicles included in the latest recall. The expansion brings the total number of Toyota vehicles affected by Takata’s airbag disaster to 4.73 million in the ... Read More

Toyota Sued Over Deadly Yaris Sudden-Acceleration Crash

A wrongful-death lawsuit has been filed against Toyota, seeking damages for the young son of a man killed when a 2015 Toyota Yaris allegedly sped out of control on a California highway and struck the vehicle he was riding in on New Year’s Eve. The horrific crash occurred when a 51-year-old woman traveling east on I-10 in San Bernardino County in a rented 2015 Toyota Yaris accelerated to nearly 100 mph, exited at the Vineyard Avenue ramp, and crashed into a Toyota Solara, killing four people. The driver of the Yaris, which she had rented for a family road trip ... Read More

Possible Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Crash Kills Five, Injures Three In California

ONTARIO, Calif., — A deadly New Year’s Eve crash that claimed the lives of five people in Ontario, Calif., has attracted the attention of federal transportation safety investigators after reports emerged that the offending vehicle – a Toyota Yaris – started to speed out of control. The report could reignite concerns of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, a defect that potentially affected millions of vehicles in the U.S. as early as 2007, causing unexpected high-power acceleration and crashes. A spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told CBS News that it sent a special crash investigations team ... Read More

Faulty window switch prompts worldwide Toyota recall due to fire hazard

A worldwide Toyota recall of 6.5 million vehicles has been prompted by a faulty window switch that could wear down, short circuit and cause a vehicle fire. The recall affects models Yaris, Corolla, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Matrix, Tundra, Sequoia, Scion xB and Scion xD produced from Jan. 2005-Aug. 2006 and Aug. 2008-Dec. 2010. An estimated 2.7 million of the recalled Toyotas are in North America, with 1.2 million in Europe and 600,000 in Japan. Toyota officials say the problem stems from a window switch that was not properly lubricated during manufacturing. The automaker has received one report from a U.S. ... Read More

Takata airbag recall expands to include another 1.4M Toyota vehicles

Another Takata airbag recall expansion was just announced by Toyota, confirming an additional 1.4 million vehicles may feature deadly airbags that could explode on impact. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Toyota is expanding its recall after Takata agreed to double the size of its airbag recall to 33.8 million last month, making it the largest auto recall in United States history. The Toyota vehicles included in the latest Takata airbag recall expansion include the following:  2003-07 Corolla and Matrix, 2006 Tundra, 2005-07 Sequoia and 2003-07 Lexus SC430 convertible. The suspected issue with the Takata airbags continues to be ... Read More

NHTSA to Auto Industry: No more Mr. Nice Guy

Less than six months on the job, Mark Rosekind, the new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) administrator, is putting enormous pressure on automakers to clean up their safety and compliance or face meaningful consequences. U.S. lawmakers and safety experts have relentlessly criticized and belittled NHTSA in recent years for its failure to hold automakers accountable for safety defects, taking action only once the problems mushroomed into deadly crises. The Detroit Free Press said that Mr. Rosekind “let loose a stunning display of force” last week in getting an obstinate Takata to sign a consent agreement that expanded its airbag ... Read More

Ford must submit source code in sudden unintended acceleration case

Ford Motor Co. must turn over portions of its proprietary source code to plaintiffs suing the auto manufacturer over alleged defects in the electronic throttle control (ETC) system of certain vehicles, causing them to accelerate suddenly and unexpectedly, a West Virginia federal judge ordered Friday. Attorneys representing plaintiffs in a proposed class action argued that the source code is instrumental to understanding an alleged glitch that can cause sudden unintended acceleration in vehicles made from 2002 to 2010. They likened the problem to nearly identical claims made against Toyota for sudden unintended acceleration. Electronic source code played a key role ... Read More

Auto industry whistleblower bill moves to Senate floor

Sudden unintended acceleration, exploding airbags, and faulty ignition switches — to name just a few of the safety defect scandals that have rocked the auto industry lately – could become less common with the passage of a new bill aimed at empowering and protecting whistleblowers within the auto industry. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted unanimously last week to send the bi-partisan crafted Motor Vehicle Whistleblower Act to the Senate floor for a vote. If approved by the full chamber, it would go to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. If passed by the House and signed ... Read More

Jury awards $11 million to victims of Toyota sudden acceleration crash

The victims of an alleged Toyota sudden acceleration crash involving a 1996 Camry will share an $11 million award after a Minnesota federal jury found the Japanese automaker partially responsible for the deadly accident, which killed three people and injured three others. The verdict concludes a tragic saga that has taken unexpected twists and turns for much of a decade, uniting plaintiffs once locked in a legal face-off in a lawsuit that sought to make Toyota pay for manufacturing defective vehicles that could potentially accelerate unexpectedly and race out of control. In June 2006, Koua Fong Lee was driving his ... Read More