Earlier this month, Toyota recalled 369,000 vehicles worldwide, including about 235,000 in the U.S., roughly 74,000 in Japan and 37,500 in Europe. The automaker will recall 200,000 Highlander Hybrid models manufactured from 2006 to 2010 and Lexus RX 400h vehicles developed during 2006 to 2008 to fix a hybrid-system problem. The SUV transistors get overheated in the hybrid system, which results in sudden halt of the vehicle.
Toyota also announced the recall of another 169,000 vehicles including Lexus IS 350, IS 350C and GS 350 manufactured between 2006 and 2011. Toyota is recalling these vehicles to repair an engine bolt defect. These vehicles also face the problem of halting suddenly as bolts get loose in the variable valve timing control device.
Automotive safety recalls were brought into focus by media after Toyota’s announcement of the largest global recall of 3.8 million vehicles in Sep 2009, triggered by a high-speed crash that claimed 4 lives. Later on, Toyota had to face numerous personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in federal courts, hampering its image
Sam the Scam, I have some updated Toyota news, hot off the wires.
Lawyers for Toyota and for Yasuharu and Jeffrey Uno, the widower and son of the deceased woman, are presenting their closing statements today in Los Angeles County Superior Court after almost two months of testimony. The plaintiffs seek $20 million in damages.
It is first wrongful death case to go trial related to a series of Toyota recalls for sudden unintended acceleration. The family claims that Noriko Uno, 66, died because Toyota failed to install a brake override system in her Camry, which they say would have caused the car to slow down if the accelerator and the brake pedal were pushed simultaneously.
Toyota settled economic-loss allegations brought by U.S. drivers after the recall of more than 10 million vehicles worldwide in 2009 and 2010 for potential unintended acceleration with causes such as stuck accelerators and floor mats that shifted out of position.
That settlement was valued at as much as $1.63 billion by plaintiffs' lawyers.