Toyota seeks dismissal of unintended acceleration suits
Toyota has paid almost $50 million in fines to the US government and they’ve already paid out over $10 million to owners for various vehicular issues but all along, the company has insisted that the unintended acceleration issues were due to thick floormats, questionable pedal assemblies and bad drivers. When the NHTSA and NASA issued the results of their lengthy investigation of Toyota’s electronic throttle system stating that no errors would found, the automaker feels that they are not responsible for the accidents, injuries or deaths so they have requested that the massive class action suit be thrown out.
Throughout the entire mess, the key issue is that Toyota knowingly and willingly avoided recalling their vehicles for unintended acceleration – going so far as to state that no company employee had ever experienced it (which we know now is not true) while bragging in inter-company memos about how much money they had saved by avoiding recalls. In addition to the fact that their cars were hurting and killing people, the news that their cars were not-so-perfect negatively impacted the residual value of the vehicles, which is another portion of the pending lawsuits.