Judge Approves Toyota Settlement of Class-Action Lawsuit by Consumers


  • 2010 Toyota Prius

    2010 Toyota Prius

    The 2001-'10 Toyota Prius is covered under the terms of a $1.1 billion settlement of a class-action lawsuit by consumers. | January 02, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • A U.S. District Court judge has granted preliminary approval to Toyota's $1.1 billion settlement of a class-action lawsuit by consumers involving problems of sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, including the 2001-'10 Toyota Prius and 2002-'10 Toyota Camry.
  • The preliminary approval means that current and former Toyota owners should expect to get information about the settlement through notices to be mailed in March, according to a statement by a plaintiffs' attorney.
  • The settlement provides $500 million in cash for plaintiffs, plus installation of brake override systems in vehicles subject to floor mat entrapment recalls, along with a customer support program.

SANTA ANA, California — A U.S. District Court judge has granted preliminary approval to Toyota's $1.1 billion settlement of a class-action lawsuit by consumers involving problems of sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, including the 2001-'10 Toyota Prius and 2002-'10 Toyota Camry.

The preliminary approval means that current and former Toyota owners should expect to get information about the settlement through notices to be mailed in March, according to a statement by a plaintiffs' attorney.

The settlement provides $500 million in cash for plaintiffs, plus installation of brake override systems in vehicles subject to floor mat entrapment recalls, along with a customer support program.

Approximately 16 million Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles sold in the U.S. from model years 1998-2010 are covered by the settlement. Consumers can find details of the settlement at ToyotaELsettlement.com. The site provides details on which Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles are included in the settlement and lets consumers know if they are part of the settlement.

U.S. District Judge James V. Selna scheduled a hearing in June for final approval of the deal, which was announced in late December.

Toyota has admitted no fault in proposing the settlement.

A study by federal safety regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and NASA found no link between reports of unintended acceleration and Toyota's electronic throttle control system.

Edmunds says: This deal, now given the nod by a federal judge, will resolve hundreds of lawsuits from car owners who said the value of their Toyota vehicles plummeted after recalls.

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