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Something tells us we're going to be wading through news of various lawsuits against Toyota for a good while. According to various news sources, the Japanese automaker is now facing accusations that it clandestinely sought to buy back vehicles with unintended acceleration issues in order to hide the problem from the public. Part of the alleged buy-back deal involved having owners sign a confidentiality statement that forbade them from talking to anyone – including regulators. In addition, those who took part in the program could not sue Toyota later down the line.

The lawsuit also points to internal Toyota documents that may indicate that company technicians and engineers were actually able to replicate the problem. At the heart of the suit, plaintiffs are alleging that Toyota acted negligently by failing to act on complaints of unintended acceleration for years.

The lawsuit bundles together more than a dozen plaintiffs into one larger, easier to handle suit.

Toyota, meanwhile, says that those who sold back their vehicles were simply asked to sign a waiver of liability – consumers weren't required to sign and the waiver didn't say anything about confidentiality. Thanks for the tip, Rudy!

[Sources: The Detroit Free Press, Bloomberg, Reuters via Yahoo News | Image: Ramin Talaie/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      journalists love the word "allegedly."
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kzak: That must be the only intelligent comment on here!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Noting alleged here, this is bad stuff, really bad stuff, this is jail stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it goes to the old adage of "Innocent until proven guilty." They say the same thing in any court case. You can't technically say something is true until it's confirmed. Just like scientific theories.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, "allegedly" allows you to write pretty much whatever you want. Someone makes accusation (based on fact or not). It is reported as "allegedly". Internet fanboys bickering over it start stating it as fact by dropping the "allegedly". Accusation becomes fact in most people's minds the Nth time it is repeated.
      kengamin
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is why Autoblog
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah Toyota, you brighten my day by continuing to prove me right. The clock is ticking, the sales are dropping, the reputation is soiled and people, even the Toyota sheep, are taking notice. Retreat back to Japan while you still can.
        kengamin
        • 4 Years Ago
        Run back to your small little hole, troll.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It appears we have a troll who doesn't even know that he is the one trolling. Must be a JDM fan...
      • 4 Years Ago
      LMAO! What? Another band of pirate lawyers looking for their pound of free flesh hoping for an out-of-court settlement?

      Good luck proving your claim ya bunch of pirates! Arrg!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      More like intended acceleration, on Toyota's part.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Makes my head spin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I read about this yesterday and wasn't a bit surprised that this probably happened. And now today Toyota has admitted they did buyback some vehicles to do more test. What a crock of crap. I hope the truth finally comes out and we can bury these guys once and for all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The plot keeps getting thicker
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't understand. I thought that the NHTSA declared that the unintended acceleration was not Toyota's fault. Then why is this suit being filed ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        MONEY. Understand?
        • 4 Years Ago
        To my knowledge, NHTSA hasn't finished their investigation yet. The story said that "so far" it looked like it was the drivers fault. But that story was followed by one that said the maybe Toyota's black boxes didn't correctly record all the data they were supposed to...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CoupeDeBill: The NHTSA has admitted that all but one fatal case of unintended acceleration was due to human error (and that one was the police officer tragedy that was caused by the floor mats). The thing is the NHTSA has remained wishy washy by saying that so far they have found nothing. My guess is they will "investigate" for years until everyone in the US has had their chance to start and finish their lawsuits against Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most of this has been planted stories by Toyota. The NHTSA has come to no conclusions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the Japanese corporate culture at it's best. Live with it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure every blood sucking law firm on the planet it working up some angle in an attempt to extract money from Toyota.
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