• Mar 15, 2010
The hits keep on coming for Toyota, with reports of unintended acceleration multiplying like rabbits with aphrodisiacs and grandstanding of all sorts going on at every level. Orange County, California District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has added another layer to the cake with a lawsuit alleging Toyota sold cars it knew had problems.
DA Rackauckas (great name) alleges that while evidence Toyota had safety problems was "massive for many years," the parent company and its American subsidiary kept sweeping issues under the rug and settling any lawsuits that might crop up to avoid disclosing the truth. Double-secret internal "Books of Knowledge" that document problems and obfuscatory actions have come to light, though Toyota has not yet turned any documents over. The lawsuit seeks to get to the bottom of what Toyota knew and when, as well as potentially punish the company to the tune of $2,500 per vehicle if it can be proved Toyota willingly sold cars it knew could cause injuries that are impossible to reverse.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Possibly a political stunt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's official. Toyota is the new GM.

      Nothing like being guilty until proven innocent.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Light trucks? You mean the side saddle tanks that were rigged to explode?

        Corvair and Fiero? Both cars added to together don't come anywhere near the millions of cars sold by Toyota that are implicated in this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tourian
        Chevy Corvair
        Pontiac Fiero
        GM small trucks

        All guilty until proven innocent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the end, only the lawyers win.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is now the public toilet. Unfortunately, we all have to smell the waste.

      Though what can you expect, Toyota's products were for public consumption. Heh heh heh.

      Still want the LFA?
        • 4 Years Ago
        ??? I don't hate Toyota, I am just saying that people in a position of power are collectively taking a dump on Toyota.

        All vehicles sold here are made for public consumption, so while it could happen to any auto manufacturer, right now IT IS NOT. It's happening to Toyota.

        Deal with it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yugo fanboy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They're just mad that Toyota is closing the NUMMI factory.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just another grandstanding politician.
      Rackauckas is just being cacophonous, right?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well this will be ugly for the foreseeable future.

      Speaking of DA's, since it's pretty clear now Sikes was faking, will he be prosecuted now?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Before anyone comes to judgment of Sikes because of his debt and the Prius had the brake override. The responding officer smelled a strong brake smell when approaching from behind and nhtsa has stated that they almost never are able to reproduce reported errors like these.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The NUMMI factory is nowhere near orange county.

      Rackauckas is up for re-election and he thinks this will win him a few points. Maybe in Detroit, but not in SoCal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You'd think they could save these job killing publicity stunt lawsuits until the recession ends.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Job Killing? Huh?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Look at Autoblog's By The Numbers for the past two months.

        It's obvious what this sensationalist media frenzy is doing to Toyota. And their suppliers. And their dealers. All the way down the chain.

        Just what a sick economy doesn't need.

        And this camera chasing DA is contributing to it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tony Rackaukas is up for re-election. I find it unconscionable that he's using taxpayer money to sue toyota on behalf of the county. He's doing some grandstanding here and using peoples' money to pay for his TV time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well this will be ugly for the foreseeable future.

      Speaking of DA's, since it's pretty clear now that Sikes was faking, will he be prosecuted now?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Evil Seed...try listening to the 23 minutes this clown was on dispatch...

        The former Corvette owner didn't know how to put the car into neutral...or slam on the brakes...

        Oh, pu-lease!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well NHTSA is saying the wear pattern is more like he made several moderate stabs at them at high speed. To which he says he didn't want to risk wearing them out!?!?!? I think at the minimum the CHP needs to issue a call for any witnesses in the area and see what the saw and/or smelled before just closing the investigation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Before anyone comes to judgment of Sikes because of his debt and the Prius had the brake override. The responding officer smelled a strong brake smell when approaching from behind and nhtsa has stated that they almost never are able to reproduce reported errors like these.
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