Toyota Unintended Acceleration Product Liability Class Action and Catastrophic Injury Claims
In 2009, we filed one of the first wrongful death/catastrophic injury cases alleging Toyota sudden-acceleration defects, a case featured on CNN, the New York Times, and other national media.
Ultimately, our lawyers were appointed to key MDL leadership roles in what came to be one of the largest products liability/catastrophic injury cases ever filed. Ben Bailey served on the plaintiffs’ lead counsel committee pursuing class action and individual economic-loss damages; Eric Snyder serves in the same capacity on the committee pursuing catastrophic injury claims. The firm has played a leading role in developing expert testimony on the sudden acceleration defect in 2002-2010 Toyota vehicles.
The economic-loss claims settled for $1.6 billion; the personal injury claims remain pending.
Gas Pedal Recalls, Floor Mat Recalls & Toyota Class Action Lawsuits
There are a number of automotive defects that can cause or play a role in a vehicle accident, but if you or a loved one has sustained injuries or death resulting from a Toyota vehicle it is important that you discuss your case with an attorney. You may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. Our lawyers will help you determine if sudden acceleration was the cause of your accident.
About sudden acceleration
Auto giant Toyota garnered harsh headlines beginning in Fall 2009, when accidents involving sudden acceleration and unintended acceleration in Toyota-manufactured vehicles began emerging. Then, in February 2010, Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota, appeared at a House hearing into the company’s recalls of millions of cars—recalls for which he profusely apologized and took personal responsibility.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 1,000 incidents of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles occurred in the past eight years, along with scores of accidents and injuries as well as untold property damage due to the defective vehicles.
Vehicle recalls for Lexus, Camry, Avalon, and Prius have all been issued due to unsafe parts such as stuck accelerator pedals and dangerous floor mats.
In accidents involving these types of vehicles, the 2007 Camry, which was recalled, was the subject of about 200 speed-control complaints. In all, federal safety regulators said they had received complaints alleging that unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles caused 34 deaths.
In the past, there have been several class action lawsuits as a result of auto defects, but none as far reaching as the automotive giant Toyota’s latest woes. Toyota has recalled about 9 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles since September 2009, and roughly 8.5 million of those vehicles were recalled due to problems with sudden acceleration, which the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says have been involved in as many as 52 deaths. More than 400,000 additional Toyota Prius and Lexus HS250h vehicles have also been recalled due to brake problems.
The Toyota class action suits, which could represent as many as six million different Toyota owners, allege that the company misrepresented the value of its vehicles by concealing the accelerator problem from consumers and investors. The lawsuits claim the resale value of their Toyota and Lexus vehicles has substantially decreased, which is a key point since Toyota resale values are often used as a selling point of the company’s vehicles. If the company has to pay Toyota owners even as little as $500, the cost could quickly escalate into the billions.
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Investigative work is the key to successful sudden acceleration cases. Here are some links to additional resources to help you with your case.
Sudden Acceleration Information Group
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation
Antony Anderson—Sudden Acceleration
Antony Anderson—References to car manufacturers, including recalls and litigation
The Center for Auto Safety
Mechanical Forensics—Sudden Acceleration
Safety Research & Strategies, Inc.—Sudden Acceleration
Autoblog—Toyota Recalling 3.8 Million Vehicles
Dateline NBC—Sudden Acceleration Investigation, Part 1
Dateline NBC—Sudden Acceleration Investigation, Part 2
Dateline NBC—Sudden Acceleration Investigation, Part 3
Dateline NBC—Sudden Acceleration Investigation, Part 4
NBC San Diego—Suspected Sudden Acceleration Kills 4 in San Diego
A Closer Look at Toyota’s Sudden Acceleration Problem, Left Lane News, October 2009
Owners of Toyota Runaway Cars Upset After Accidents, ABC News, November 2009
Toyota Recall Fails to Address ‘Root Cause’ of Many Sudden Acceleration Cases, Safety Expert Says, ABC News, November 2009
Data point to Toyota’s throttles, not floor mats, Los Angeles Times, November 2009
Study: Toyota received most complaints about sudden acceleration, Los Angeles Times, December 2009
Injuryboard.com<http://Injuryboard.com>—Safety recalls, including the sudden acceleration problem, scars Toyota’s image