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Toyota seeks sudden-acceleration closure after Oklahoma verdict

Less than two months after an Oklahoma jury found that Toyota had acted with ”reckless disregard” in its response to two women injured in a sudden, unintended acceleration crash, the Japanese auto maker has decided to enter an intensive settlement process. The decision to negotiate a settlement hasn’t surprised many following Toyota’s sudden-acceleration saga. Even though it appeared the carmaker had gained some momentum fighting earlier lawsuits brought by crash victims and their families — as well as vehicle owners suffering monetary losses — the jury’s verdict in Oklahoma likely derailed Toyota’s hopes for prevailing over some 300 additional lawsuits ... Read More

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

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

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 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

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

New NHTSA rule would make brake override systems standard in all US vehicles

If a new rule proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Thursday is implemented, brake-throttle override systems would become standard issue in all cars and trucks sold in the United States. NHTSA has proposed adding the systems, which would give brakes priority in the event both brake and gas pedals are pressed at the same time, as controversy over sudden unintended acceleration problems in Toyota vehicles rages on. In 2010 and 2011, Toyota recalled millions of vehicles for their potential to speed out of control unexpectedly and crash. The car maker also paid record fines for violating federal ... Read More

Possible sudden acceleration in Toyota Camry kills California woman

WHITTIER, Calif. – A 26-year-old woman is dead after being struck by a 2012 Toyota Camry that suddenly accelerated as the driver was backing out of a beauty salon parking space. According to the Whittier Daily News, Rosalinda “Rosie” Manzanares was riding her bicycle when she passed behind the Camry, driven by Angelica Cuevas, 78, of Whittier. Manzanares was on her way to exchange a bracelet that she had bought and borrowed the bike from her father. According to a California Highway Patrol news release, Ms. Cuevas stopped her Camry halfway out of the parking space. Then, “As Ms. Manzanares ... Read More

Sudden acceleration cases filed against Toyota in California state courts get trial date

Litigation filed in California state courts over sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles has been slated to begin January 1, 2013, starting with a high-profile case alleging the wrongful death of a California woman whose 2006 Camry crashed after it sped out of control. In that case, plaintiff Peter Uno alleges that his wife Noriko Uno died in April 2008 after her Camry suddenly accelerated to speeds over 100 mph while she was traveling on an Upland, California highway. Mrs. Uno ultimately lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a telephone pole. Jury selection on this first bellwether case ... Read More