Toyota Recalls Lawsuits

Posted by on Feb 3, 2010 in Corporate Lawsuits, Personal Injury Lawsuits | 2 comments

By now most everyone has heard of the January 2010 Toyota recall in which many Toyota models have experienced unwarranted acceleration. By unwarranted, I mean the accelerator gets stuck down, causing the car to accelerate out of control. However, for those of you who haven’t, here is a list of the vehicle models that Toyota has recalled:

  • Avalon 2005 – 2010
  • Camry 2007 – 2010
  • Corolla 2009 – 2010
  • Highlander 2010
  • Matrix 2009 – 2010
  • RAV4 2009 – 2010
  • Sequoia 2008 – 2010
  • Tundra 2007 – 2010

Earlier this week Toyota announced they had a plan to fix the accelerators. Allegations by some experts say that Toyota’s recall is the “worst-handled auto recall in history”. There are even rumors that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering fining Toyota for delaying the recalls.

List of Recalled Toyotas

Also in recent days, there has been a number of class action lawsuits filed against the auto manufacturer. These suits are mostly related to Toyota vehicle owners in which their cars experienced unintended acceleration, but few instances lead to actual injury.

In one lawsuit against Toyota, filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, seeks $1 billion in damages for a group of Toyota owners being represented by some 15 different law firms. This team of law firms plans to file 30 or more suits, in as many as 25 states, over the next several weeks.

A $200 million personal injury claim was filed against Toyota on Monday in Harris County, Texas, by Trina Harris’ husband, who lost his wife on December 18, 2009 after her 2009 Toyota Corolla accelerated out of her control and crashed into a toll road embarkment.
Lawyer Ken Mingledorff, of the Mingledorff Law Firm in Houston and representative for Mr. Michael Harris, said, “Our position is that it’s a malpractice case based on a defective product and that Toyota has unconscionably breached its duty to Ms. Marris and provided her an unreasonably dangerous product.”

Both the Toyota dealership that leased the car to Trina Harris and CTS Corp., the manufacturer of the gas pedal electrical components, are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Related Information
  Toyota Recall 2010 List
  ‘Legal armada’ sets sail against Toyota
  Toyota Statement on Comments by Transportation Secretary
  Toyota Lifts Guidance Despite Recall
  Ohio Couple Sues Toyota Over Recall, Citing Fraud

2 Comments

  1. Some have said these problems will be forgotten in a year or so. This may be so for American buyers. Americans are quick to forgive once the problem is resolved.

    Other markets, Japan, Korea, Germany and so on seem to be much slower in forgiving manufactures of producing / selling products that prove to have life threating problems.

  2. I tend to agree with Pobept’s comment above. I too think that given a year or two this whole ordeal will blow over and Toyota will still be on top.

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