Slowly, the many loose threads still dangling after the unintended acceleration issue Toyota faced a few years ago are being resolved. The Orange County District Attorney's office was believed to be the first DA's office to take Toyota to court, its suit alleging that Toyota knew its cars had defects and continued to sell them. The suit sought to "permanently enjoin Toyota from continued unlawful, unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices as it pertains to both consumers and competitors" and asked for $2,500 "for every violation of the Unfair Business Practices Act," plus costs.

That suit has now been settled, Toyota – without admitting fault or wrongdoing – agreeing to pay $16 million to the county. Half of the money will go to the Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership, another four million dollars to the OC DA's office to investigate economic crime, the remaining four million being used to pay for the case.


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      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is a scumbag motor company...I hope they'll be out of business soon (or at least out of the US soon. I don't care what happens to the idiots driving this brand, I care about the collateral damage to others and property. Yet they still are lying and denying that it is a serious problem with their computer ...what a joke...floor mats, what idiot would beleive that
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
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        ginmqi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        Wow, really? NASA enginners found on problem with the electronics. If you look at the timeline and facts of the case, all the big crashes involving fatalities that made headlines were caused by either inappropriate floormats or in the most famous case, a completely negligent dealership that installed wrong floormats from a SUV to a sedan without securing the mat. http://www.nhtsa.gov/PR/DOT-16-11
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        You are a troll...or maybe a lawyer?
        Klinkster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        living up to your name again???
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
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      chirowolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was there ever any proof that it was not driver error? Seems like every time a incident was in the news it was some person of advanced age
        WhoMeWhere
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chirowolf
        Agreed, This always seemed to appear with older drivers or people acting completely ridiculous. There may have been a problem but I still do not completely buy into unintended acceleration
      oRenj9
      • 1 Year Ago
      This just sounds like a money-grab by the local DA. They basically pocketed all of the money. If this suit was filed under the guise of "unlawful, unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices" then shouldn't that money go to repairing the victims of the alleged crimes? I wonder how common this kind of corruption is? The settlement about is chump-change to Toyota, so they likely just settled with little fight to put things behind them. I bet the DA knows this and goes after large corporations often and with impunity.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we please let this non-story die?
      Scott
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like a government shakedown.
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      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I tend to agree that Toyota drivers are much more at fault in this case than Toyota cars -- however, this is part of the price of going for the highest sales numbers. Toyota has targeted all drivers -- including those that are perhaps the least informed and least interested in responsible driving.
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      And again, the lawyers are the winners. And you can bet that every auto mfr. is scared to death that this will happen to them.
      james
      • 1 Year Ago
      Im 57, physician and 21 y elected official and friday, this happened to my mother.......backing, put in reverse, car took off in forward, couldnt stop it w brake, drove over one street to a parking lot, through a business portico and the across another street before stopping and unresponsive to brake deployment. I nearly died in a new ford ltd in 78 which locked into cruise acceleration,,, it is no farce and yes there are those who will try to stretch the story, but property damage, vehicle damage and emotional efffect. I also had a chevy venture van that idled at 1800 rpm and gm consistantly said on repeated evaluation it was normal....i trained in surgery in flint and know many of the stories that came out of the plants there....food for thought........oh my mom had the pedal warranty repaired and this is the third event, first that was uncontrollable......more food for thought and ignition had smoke coming from it...... although buckeye.... go U of M
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow its sad when 1/4 of the money goes to just paying for the case!
        Klinkster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        They were government lawyers. They work for much less.
        WhoMeWhere
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        Sadly that is on the low side of normal, 1/3 or more is average
        rollie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        Actually 25% is cheap. The going rate for most lawsuits is 33.3%. Obviously you havn\'t sued anyone lately..........
      rollie
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a senior citizen, I understand the problem here. I believe that more than one issue is responsible for this effect. Computer control of the fuel meetering system can be adulterated. However, as we have progressed to smaller \"full size\" and even smaller \"compact\" cars, the PEDAL size and SPACING has become much smaller. If you compare the realitive size of brake and fuel pedals of cars of today with those of fourty years ago,....it is OBVIOUS. College boys,....look at this with some understanding. Yea, I know...it won\'t happen. This, along with most other things, just shows us old dudes that youngsters don\'t look and understand history,...of any kind.
        Klinkster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rollie
        So again....people need to learn how to drive. Gas, right. Brake, middle, Clutch...nevermind.
        WhoMeWhere
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rollie
        Have you ever driven a classic Beetle? I could push all 3 pedals with one foot if I wanted
          rollie
          • 1 Year Ago
          @WhoMeWhere
          Old people drove Buicks, Oldsmobiles,and other AMERICAN cars back in the \'50\'s. It was considered patriotic. Look at the pedals in those cars, along with the foot room. That is my point. Younger people drove those early Bugs for the most part. You didn\'t have many 70+ year olds in those cars. I did, however, drive a Bug a few times. I froze to death in the winter, couldn\'t pass anybody, and felt like I was in a death trap.
      Robert Fahey
      • 1 Year Ago
      All this because one guy failed to notice a rubber mat was jamming his pedals and instead peovided media fodder by calling 911. That Aug. 2009 crash, and a poorly-timed but irrelevant recall the following January, was enough to whip up a lawyer-fed theory about an electronic Bigfoot, which never materialized. Such is the cost of doing business in the US, the county that coined the term "sudden unintended acceleration" and the only country to experience it.
        Klinkster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Robert Fahey
        Holy Crap! A loose floormat? I should have told Budget RAC about that loose 3rd party floortmat they installed in my rental Mazda CX-9 last week! You mean I could have been killed if I wasn't responsible enough to reposition my floormat and remove those loose soda cans on the floor? What's next? Truck drivers not responsible for circle checks to ensure their vehicle is safe to drive? Love the double standard in America.
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