• Oct 5th 2010 at 3:28PM
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Like every other automaker, Toyota is always looking to increase the safety of its vehicles, be it through investing millions of dollars towards R&D or incorporating new safety measures as standard equipment. It's also working hard to fully restore its recently tarnished public image. Hurdles do keep popping up now and again, however, with the latest one has been placed by Allstate. According to the Los Angeles Times, the insurance company is seeking $3 million in compensation as a result of 270 claims of sudden acceleration.

The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on October 1, 2010. Allstate claims that the suit was a last resort as a result of failed out-of-court negotiations. However, a spokesperson for the automakers says "the unfounded allegations in this suit have no basis."

Toyota recently announced that it has resolved issues with over five million vehicles, as a result of three main recalls. Nearly two million of the vehicles had stuck accelerator issues while the other three million had their floormats replaced or repaired.

Complaints of sudden acceleration have fallen by 80 percent since April of 2010. At its peak, the claims averaged 800 per week but have since fallen to around 150 per week. Toyota has dispatched safety review teams to examine over 4,000 vehicles and has yet to find an instance of sudden acceleration being caused by anything electrical. Regardless, the automaker is increasing the standard safety features fitted to its vehicles, the latest of which is Smart-Stop, a brake override system that engages when the throttle is open greater than 33 percent, the vehicle speed is over 5 miles per hour and the brakes are pressed firmly. Allstate believes that Toyota vehicles should already have featured this technology.

[Source: Los Angeles Times | Image: Ramin Talaie/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I cant believe how many get rich quick people there are out there that are trying to win the super lotto with a lawsuit. Pathetic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      800 per week my a$$. i bet most of em were ppl looking to capitalize on the news. i bet they didn't even know about it before it came on the news
      • 4 Years Ago
      Traditionally (if they can remember that far back), the job of insurance companies was to factor the risk before hand, and charge the appropriate fee. If there was a loss, it was paid for from pre-calculated 'pool' they collected earlier. Case closed.

      Now we have a sudden interest in recouping this money? Did it affect the bottom line too much and anger the stockholders? Did a CEO lose his bonus? Was a lawyer hungry at the moment? All of the above perhaps?
        • 4 Years Ago
        i was thinking the same...

        soemone has insurance on a car so if an accident happens, the insurance pays for the loss...

        this is like an insurance company not wanting to pay for a stolen car because the car didn't have an alarm system?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know how Allstate stays in business. Their rates are outrageous.

      The past 3 cars I have bought I included an Allstate quote. It was always the highest, by far.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Same here, every time I have quoted Allstate they have always been the highest. When I bought my new car last month I didn't even waste my time quoting them again. I'm in pretty "good hands" with Progressive too. If I have any issue I will just call Flo :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is seriously enduring hell on earth... for an automotive industry anyway...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are right cowboy bob there is a problem. It is public retardation and wanting a quick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most arent paying attention to this anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Luis

        Just because you aren't paying attention to it or the autoblog posts about it have slowed, doesn't mean people aren't paying attention to it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, hell on Earth may not really capture the essance of this problem. There IS A PROBLEM here. Be it a computer issue, be it a pedal size issue, or be it a floormat, there is a problem. Perhaps an old fart can't see the difference for the gas and the brake pedal. Being an old fart myself....I see the size of the pedals, and their proximity to be a possible answer. Anyway you cut it, Toyota should have enough customer input via focus groups, experience, and enginering expertice to have avoided this pitfall. They DID NOT! So....pay up. That's how it works in the good 'ole USA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      TOYOTA JUST GETS WHAT IT DESERVES FOR LYING..I FEEL NO PITY FOR TOYOTA AND I HOPE MORE INSURANCES COME AFTER TOYOTA." PAY UP TOYOTA OR LEAVE THIS COUNTRY YOU SCUM BAG OF A BUSINESS
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why don't they raise the rate on Toyotas?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, keep draining Toyota! Look at their sales, it's working!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Allstate believes that Toyota vehicles should already have featured this technology."

      Well, I believe that all cars should emit a lavender scent from the tailpipe and have one billion tiny airbags!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Paying the claims cuts into their desired 18% ROI (profit)
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the Allstate should ignore the fact that the drivers of these cars obviously were not in control of their own cars and failed to put the car into Neutral? Regardless if UA was real or not it still does not and should not ignore the fact that putting the car into Neutral is the appropriate response to it.

      Allstate has made their money back they paid out to customers via increased rates to the drivers and payouts from settlements against other drivers insurance companies. This is just a money grab by some stupid CEO/Lawyers. Guess I'll never get Allstate.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No car can outpower the brakes. You don't need to kill then engine to stop the car. This has been proven time and time again.

        Clearly All State insures idiots, and now All State is looking to pass the buck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Allstate's just pissed that they're having to pay people money that they rightfully owe. I hope the court rules in favor of Toyota.
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