Category: .Toyota

Toyota agrees to $32 million in civil penalties • NHSTA •

NATIONAL – Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay an additional $32.425 million in civil penalties as the result of two separate federal investigations into the automaker’s handling of auto recalls.. Toyota will pay the maximum fines allowable under the law – $16.375 million in one case and $16.050 million in the other – in…

Toyota’s assertions of driver error suggest that BLACK BOXES are more reliable than previously attested

NATIONAL – According the the Los Angeles Times (7/29, Bensinger, Vartabedian) reports that Toyota has often dismissed the data collected by its event data recorders as “unreliable” and collected by “unproven technology. … Now, facing continued claims that its vehicles are defective, Toyota appears to have done an about-face” and “has been citing data from black…

Toyota Accused of Planting Driver Error Story | Sudden Acceleration | Injury

NATIONAL – Toyota is being accused of planting a story in The Wall Street Journal asserting that federal regulators were blaming dozens of unintended acceleration incidents involving the company’s vehicles on “driver error.” According to the Web site Just-Auto.com, a spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has refuted the claims made in…

TOYOTA | Sudden Acceleration cases | U S District Judge orders Toyota to turn over documents

Last week a federal judge ordered Toyota Motor Corp. to turn over thousands of pages of records to lawyers who have sued the Japanese automaker because of alleged sudden-acceleration problems. US District Judge gave Toyota thirty days to turn over documents that it had previously supplied Congress and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The…

Toyota and semi-truck crash | One fatal injury | FHP investigation | Trinity | New Port Richey | Pasco County

PASCO COUNTY – According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Toyota collided with a semi-tractor trailer on SR-54, east of Mitchell Ranch Road in Trinity / New Port Richey. The driver of the Toyota traveled across the center median into the path of the semi-tractor-trailer. The driver of the Toyota died from the impact of…

NHTSA opens new Toyota probe STEERING -RELAY ROD

NATIONAL – According to The Washington Post (5/11, Whoriskey) reports NHTSA is “opening a second investigation into whether Toyota delayed notifying government authorities of a dangerous defect, this one affecting the steering systems of nearly 1 million sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The probe…comes a little more than a month after the agency fined the…

TOYOTA LITIGATION ♦ Sudden acceleration ♦ Toyota car CRASH ♦ Personal Injuries

NATIONAL – According to an Associated Press (AP) investigation, Toyota has routinely engaged in questionable, evasive and deceptive legal tactics when sued, frequently claiming it does not have information it is required to turn over and sometimes even ignoring court orders to produce key documents. In a review of lawsuits filed around the country involving…

STATE FARM – Subrogation – TOYOTA – Personal Injuries – PROPERTY DAMAGE

NATIONAL – According to a recent article published in USA Today, State Farm Insurance Companies will be seeking repayment from Toyota on unintended acceleration claims.  “Armed with reports of accidents for which they’ve already paid claims, State Farm insurance has asked Toyota to repay them for any crashes related to unintended acceleration by its vehicles.” Other…

ANOTHER HIT FOR TOYOTA – NHTSA seeking $16 MILLION DOLLAR FINE for sticky Toyota gas pedals.

NATIONAL – The NHTSA will seek the maximum possible penalty from Toyota-over $16 million-in its faulty accelerator case generated significant coverage, with reports on all three network news broadcasts and heavy reporting in major papers, wire services, and news sites. ABC World News reported that the government “accused Toyota of, in essence, a cover up,…

“Lost value” lawsuits seen as most significant source of liability for Toyota

NATIONAL – In a column in Forbes (2/22), analytical services company Oxford Analytica wrote that lawsuits against Toyota will include “traditional product liability claims,” as well as “claims that seek to recover cars’ ‘lost value’” and “shareholder suits that seek to recover for the drop in the company’s share price.” The column assesses the lost…