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Toyota has asked a United States judge to throw out the majority of its pending lawsuits on the grounds that the cases are based on anecdotal and circumstantial information. The automaker is currently facing over 300 lawsuits that vary from personal injury to economic loss, nearly all of which are tied in one way or another to the company's rash of unintended acceleration issues. To date this year, Toyota has recalled eight million vehicles globally for varying reasons, including accelerator pedals that could become entrapped.
Some of the lawsuits have been bundled for pre-trial rulings. These consumer cases claim that the quality woes the recalled Toyota models face have driven down the value of those products substantially. Likewise, the company's claims of quality, safety and reliability have been called into question. Toyota has responded by saying that any claims made in its advertisements were opinion and to be taken as such.

The combined lawsuits are being handled in Santa Ana, Californa, where Toyota asked the judge to dismiss the cases against the company.

[Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If we could just get Consumer Reports to recall all of their magazines which automatically recommended Toyota vehicles that were unreliable and unsafe. Consumer Reports even highly recommended the dangerous Toyota Corolla. This is the same vehicle owners are trying to sue Toyota for its unsafe light and vague steering that Consumer Reports actually flagged in their test results. The Corolla's electric steering makes for a constant struggle to hold the vehicle in a lane on the highway. Toyota has gotten enough free rides. Its time they start producing safe sound handling vehicles instead of the unreliable mush buckets (Corolla, Camry, Avalon, ES300, LS460) they produce today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Toyota has responded by saying that any claims made in its advertisements were opinion and to be taken as such. "

      Lulz, way to stand behind your product toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They're just opinions? Wow all these years I thought they were facts! F'n liars!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've never heard of a company asking judges to just throw cases out without examining them.

        There's a lot of FUD surrounding Toyota's safety values, but... that's pretty bad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @MiddleWay,

        I don't understand your comment. Toyota is arguing that there's not even enough evidence to warrant the case at all, so it doesn't even deserve any examination. What better way to stand by your product?

        If Toyota really believes it has no quality issues, then it's in its best interest to argue to the court that a lawsuit over unintended acceleration with no evidence that ever happened is pointless AND show evidence that Toyota resale values haven't tumbled into worthlessness, so the lawsuits over Toyota vehicles' worth are also pointless.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Opinions? Lies? The year end clearance radio ads tout the Camry and Prius as being some of the "most interesting cars on the road!"


        ...BWAHAHAHAHA
        • 4 Years Ago
        @black&blue... funniest thing i've read all day hahahaha
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not "opinion" that your cars have unanswered safety and reliability concerns and that you actively covered up those deficiencies for years, Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Reality has finally caught up with those frauds that comprise the criminal enterprise known as Toyota. They improperly gained market share at a high cost to the American consumer through fraudulent and criminal behavior, often performed in lock-step with the Japanese government and the "consumer" media, which peddled lies that their product was somehow superior.

        Calling out Toyota's continued bad behavior is not trolling. In contrast, to rush to the defense of a company whose ethics and actions leave no room for judgment other than unrepentant greed; is simply an unconscionable act performed best by a scoundrel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was expecting you, the only troll in AB to come out and degrade Toyota in every post.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No your trolling, only coming out during toyota headliners while saying the same things in every post. Your trolling.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just like every other automaker in history.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The majority of for-profit corporate enterprises are fraudulent, misleading and operate at a high cost to consumers. It's called marketing, and margin. To delude yourself in believing that only Toyota operates like a corporation is, well, exactly that: deluded.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I’m not a lawyer, but I think that asking the judge to dismiss the case is normal procedure.

      I'm still waiting for some evidence of a Toyota acceleration problem besides:

      An accelerator flaw that hasn't been tied to a single traffic incident as far as I can see. Can't even find a single You Tube video of a malfunctioning pedal, and it's easy enough to demonstrate one in the safety of your driveway with the car still in "park." There certainly are enough Toyotas around, and enough interested parties worldwide, that it shouldn't be hard to find one if it really were a relevant issue. I can’t find a single dealership who has encountered bad pedal #1, and usually recall issues are seen by dealers long before the recall. Toyota’s Bob Carter said the recall was based on 13 bad pedals in North America, so I think it's a non-issue. Google “Toyota Bob Carter thirteen is too many.”

      A floor mat entrapment risk that results from the use of an incompatible and unsecured all-weather mat as in the Saylor tragedy in California (the Lexus 911 call). Both police and NHTSA investigators came to the same conclusion. Toyota took the blame and recalled the mats, but is the use of an incompatible and unsecured mat really Toyota’s fault? By the way, the NHTSA found the same problem in the case of Rhonda Smith, the “Shame on you, Toyota” lady who cried before Congress. She traded in the Lexus with 3,000 miles on it. Another family drove it for 24,000 miles without incident. Then the NHTSA bought it for testing. That was March. We’re still waiting for results--in September.

      Anecdotes that are unrepeatable in 100% of the cases excepting a single case of an Avalon with a bad throttle body that was revving freely right in front of everybody. Dealer repaired the car and sent the customer home. As far as I can tell, the whole phenomenon is a Loch Ness monster. We're still standing on the shore waiting for the head to pop out.

      Finger-pointing from automotive hypochondriacs that jumped on the bandwagon this spring. Finger-pointing hasn’t been entered as evidence since Salem, MA circa 1692.

      A uniquely American phenomenon called “sudden unintended acceleration.” It’s our problem now as in the 1980s with Audi, despite worldwide use of the same products. The rest of the world scratches its head and wonders what we’re bitching about this time.

      An unfiltered and sloppily-designed government complaint database of Biblical ambiguity that LACKS any complaint category called “sudden unintended acceleration” and supports any and all theories including:

      Edmunds.com: No Toyota pattern.
      National Public Radio: No Toyota pattern.
      The Truth About Cars: No Toyota pattern.
      Safety Research & Strategies: Toyota pattern. (SRS is funded by lawyers actively suing Toyota, and SRS orchestrated the bogus ABC News acceleration demonstration)



      • 4 Years Ago
      They wont do that. Got to let the good ole boy Lawers go laughing all the way to the bank!
      I know people have been killed in Toyota cars. I being a domestic fanboy could care less about Toyota. But has it not been recently proven that many of these cases were driver error?
      I`m glad the perfect Toyota true colors were finally showen. This could have very well happened to one of our domestic companys.
      To all fairness to Toyota (Like they haven`t had a winfall in the past) innocent until proven guilty.
      People put down the cell phones and drive. We don`t need a nanny state with rich lawers. We all pay for it in the end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK Toyota, whatever you want.... Oh, you want to pay workers $2.50 and hour too... OK, whatever you say... Your the best!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, "you're the best!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      typical a$$hole company. They are like the government of north korea.. they have departments devoted to criminal activity to keep their ship afloat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets hope that they get a reasonable judge and all the lawsuits will get dumped as they should. I then hope Toyota sues the NHTSA and gets the 10's of billions they deserve from this obvious witch hunt.......
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since it has been proven that Toyota was not at fault and the government went on a witch hunt after Toyota forcing their hand into recalling millions of cars they didn't have to I as a tax payer say YES.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So 'We' the Taxpayers pay for Toyota's bad habits?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "In Japan, there is a phrase: if something smells, put a lid on it"
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/06/business/global/06toyota.html?pagewanted=1
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only quality at Toyota is the quality of their lies. They are the best liars in the automobile world, their cars however aren't worth a crap and will kill yo butt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I believe that the bulk of the cases are driver error, There are a few that could be vehicular. Thus, the courts get involved. Think of the types of designs, multiplied by the sales volume. Murphy gloats.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Their black boxes seem to suggest that.. The ones that they have stated are inaccurate in legal filings as well as on their site lmao..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder when this saga will end.
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