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New Toyota sudden acceleration lawsuit blames electronic throttle for horrific crash

A lawyer representing the family of a woman who died when her 2009 Toyota Camry sped out of control and sank into a California River hopes the case will be tried as a bellwether case ahead of about a hundred other sudden unintended acceleration lawsuits against Toyota pending litigation in California state courts. The plaintiff’s lawyer believes his client’s case, filed April 18 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, closely parallels the high-profile case of Mark Saylor, a California Highway Patrol officer who was killed with his family in August 2009 after the Lexus he was driving suddenly sped out ... Read More

Texas teen’s Hyundai Elantra speeds out of control and crashes on Texas highway

A Texas teenager was seriously injured after his 2011 Hyundai Elantra allegedly sped out of control on Dallas area highway December 2 and crashed. Elez Lushaj, 16, reportedly told investigators he tried to stop the car as it sped out of control, but all his efforts to slow the vehicle failed. The Elantra raced along highway 183 in Rockwall County at speeds more than 100 mph for nearly 120 miles. A police car in pursuit of the speeding vehicle shows Mr. Lushaj switching lanes to dodge traffic, often veering onto the median when the lanes were impassable. The driver lost ... Read More

Toyota agrees to settle sudden acceleration claims with 30 states

Alabama and 29 other states have reached an agreement with Toyota Motor Corporation to settle allegations that the auto maker hid what it knew about safety problems related to sudden unintended acceleration, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Thursday. Toyota agreed to pay $29 million to resolve the claims that it violated consumer protection rules. The Japanese auto maker also agreed to provide additional restitution and incentives to vehicle owners designed to make vehicle information more easily accessible to consumers. These measures will help drivers operate their vehicles safely by helping them to make more informed choices. Alabama will receive ... Read More

Toyota moves to settle sudden-acceleration lawsuit chosen as first bellwether case

In what appears to be a move to keep potentially damaging cases from trial, Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to settle a sudden-acceleration lawsuit filed by the families of two people killed in a 2010 crash in Utah. The case had been scheduled to go to trial February 19 as the first of three bellwether cases involving runaway Toyota vehicles. The cases were selected to represent the larger body of wrongful death and personal injury litigation the Japanese auto giant faces over allegations that its vehicles contain a defect that can cause them to accelerate suddenly and unexpectedly. Details of ... Read More

$1 billion Toyota settlement provides economic damages, safety upgrades to vehicle owners

A settlement to resolve economic damages stemming from sudden unintended acceleration in millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles will provide some relief to car-owners who claim the ongoing controversy caused a significant decline in the value of their vehicles.   On Wednesday, Toyota agreed to pay as much as $1.4 billion to settle economic-loss litigation stemming from Toyota’s sudden-acceleration debacle, which led to the recall of more than 14 million vehicles worldwide. The agreement is believed to be the largest settlement in U.S. history involving automotive defects. Toyota recalled millions of vehicles in 2009 and 2010 to fix problems relating ... Read More

Toyota agrees to settle unintended acceleration lawsuits for $1.1 billion

Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle class-action lawsuits related to sudden and unintentional acceleration in some of its vehicles. If approved, the settlement would be one of the largest in automotive history. As part of the settlement, Toyota would make cash payments for economic loss on vehicles affected by multiple recalls and install special safety features on up to 3.2 million vehicles. The settlement does not cover claims of wrongful death and personal injury related to Toyota SUA. Those cases are scheduled to go to trial in February 2013. The multi-district litigation was filed in ... Read More

Toyota to pay $17.35 million for botching Lexus sudden-acceleration recall

Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay the federal government an additional $17.35 million in fines for botching another recall of vehicles with the potential to accelerate suddenly and unexpectedly. The latest fines stem from Toyota’s failure to properly recall more than 154,000 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h sport-utility vehicles, which the company found could speed out of control if the floor mat slid out of position and trapped the accelerator pedal. A series of driver complaints alerted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation to a trend in floor mat entrapment in the Lexus ... Read More

Toyota window-switch safety recall the largest single recall in 16 years

Toyota Motor Co. announced another giant safety recall Wednesday, this time involving 7.43 million vehicles worldwide over the risk of driver’s-side window switches that could catch fire. The recall includes about 2.5 million model-year 2007-2009 vehicles sold in the U.S. under the Toyota and Scion brand. According to Toyota, pressing the driver’s-side power window master switch (PWMS) may create a “notchy” or sticky feel. If commercially available lubricants are used to treat the switch, the switch assembly could melt, potentially leading to vehicular smoke and/or fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received more than 200 reports of ... Read More

Toyota recalls 780,000 vehicles over potential rear suspension damage

Toyota is recalling approximately 780,000 vehicles over potential safety problems affecting the suspension system of 2006 to early 2011 model-year Toyota RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h cars. Toyota announced that a rear wheel alignment service could result in excessive wear on the threaded portion of the suspension arm, followed by rusting. “If this were to occur, the threaded portion of the rear suspension arm may wear and cause the arm to separate,” Toyota said. Toyota said the problem could be triggered if the nuts on the rear suspension arm were not tightened according to Toyota’s specific procedure and torque ... Read More

Government study of Toyota sudden acceleration too narrow, say whistleblowers

U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) is voicing concerns that a government investigation of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles may have wrongly ruled out electronic glitches as the cause triggering some vehicles to unexpectedly speed out of control. A team of investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and NASA engineers studied sudden acceleration in some of the affected Toyota models, but ruled out a malfunction in Toyota’s electronic throttle control system as a possible cause. The conclusion drew the ire of many independent engineers, safety advocates, and other critics who insist the study was flawed. Senator Grassley ... Read More