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Illinois Gets $1 Million of Toyota Settlement For Acceleration Hazard

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined the multi-state $29 million settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation over its failure to alert motorists to dangerous acceleration safety defects.

 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined a $29 million, multi-state settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation over its failure to alert motorists to dangerous safety defects that caused millions of vehicles to unintentionally accelerate.

“In spite of the evidence that millions of vehicles had serious defects, Toyota continued to promote and sell cars that put its customers in great danger,” Madigan said.

Madigan and the states allege Toyota officials were aware of the defects that caused millions of its vehicles, including the Camry, Corolla and Prius, to unintentionally accelerate but failed to alert the public and continued to market and advertise Toyota vehicles as safe. The defects led to wide-ranging recalls of its vehicles in late 2009 and 2010.

Under the agreement, Toyota will pay $29 million to the states, including nearly $1 million to Illinois. While most vehicles covered in the recall have been repaired, the company also agreed to provide additional restitution for customers who incurred related costs, such as for rental cars or public transportation. In addition to the restitution, the settlement bans Toyota from advertising the safety of vehicles without sound engineering data to back such safety claims, according to the agreement.

The states’ investigation showed that poor internal communication within Toyota partially allowed for the manufacturer’s failure to timely report the safety concerns to drivers. The settlement requires Toyota to implement changes to its corporate culture and corporate chain of command to prevent future communication failures. Toyota will ensure that officials and officers of its United States operations have timely access to information and the authority to fully participate in all decisions affecting the safe operation of Toyota vehicles advertised and sold in the United States.

In addition, the settlement provides that Toyota is:

  • Prohibited from reselling a vehicle it reacquired with alleged safety defects without informing the purchaser about the alleged defect(s) and certifying that the reacquired vehicle has been fixed;
  • Prohibited from misrepresenting the purpose of an inspection or repair when directing consumers to bring their vehicles to a dealer for inspection or repair; and
  • Required to exclude from the “Toyota Certified Used Vehicles” or “Lexus Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles” categories any vehicle acquired through lemon law proceedings or voluntarily repurchased by Toyota to ensure customer satisfaction. 

Joining Madigan in today’s settlement were attorneys general from Alabama, the U.S. territory American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Was your Toyota impacted by the recall? Tell us your experience in the comments section. 

Submitted by Illinois Attorney General's Office

gracia poni February 20, 2013 at 02:04 AM
yes, i have been in grossinger toyota in north ave, for about 5 times for differnt types of recalls, which has not been confortale to know that such Toyota prestige has been deteriorate for so many unsafety details in thier fabrication, I own a Rav, 4 2008 and would like to be included in the settleman as my right for the deceive misconception of get the best deal in car safety which was not, please keep me post and instructions to how i will be receiving this coming $$$, for all this inconveniences,,,thanks in advance,,, gracia poni, email gponi19@hotmail.com open for any other need it clarifications,,,
gracia poni February 20, 2013 at 02:06 AM
i feel that grossinger has been doing a great job in doing the recalls but has been taking lots of my time for such repairs,,,
gracia poni February 20, 2013 at 02:07 AM
i feel is already time for all toyota customer in the recalls, to be receiving our $$$ fortime invested in waiting for our cars to be in safe runs,
gracia poni February 20, 2013 at 02:08 AM
how many more emails do you need?????

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