Toyota’s recalls over safety defects will cost it more than $1 billion

  • Article by: BILL VLASIC , New York Times
  • Updated: December 26, 2012 - 10:55 PM

Deal applies to numerous lawsuits claiming safety defects.

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roymercerDec. 26, 12 5:28 PM

Plaintiffs' attorneys will get 75% of the settlement money. The poor rubes who were injured will have to fight over the scraps.

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minn12Dec. 26, 12 6:14 PM

Yet another bogus claim by trial laywers. Except for a couple cases where high floor mats physically caused the accelerator pedal to stick, there has never been a scientifically proven case of 'sudden acceleration'. All the other cases were driver-error, where people hit the gas thinking they are hitting the brakes. 'Sudden acceleration' is one of the great hoaxes of our time.

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andersj9Dec. 26, 12 7:34 PM

This is extortion by lawyers. Probably legal, but morally wrong. The next Toyota buyers will each pay more to line the pockets of the wealthy and connected. And which politician will work to end the corruption?

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alansonDec. 26, 1210:35 PM

More a commentary on the quality of our system of civil justice than on the quality of Toyota's automobiles. Really an outrage - and the politicians and media go along with it as if Toyota were really "guilty" of something other than being a Japanese company.

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mno0624Dec. 26, 1211:13 PM

No company deserves this more than Toyota. They scammed people for years claiming superior quality and now the game is up.

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comment229Dec. 27, 12 4:47 AM

minn12: unintended acceleration has happened to me. I also have had a catestrophic brake failure (pedal to the floor once too). I no longer own that car, and yes, the acceleration was a problem with the technology (computer) in a Ford, which was replaced "several" times.... the last time, the mechanic at the dealership started up the car outside the shop door and got the surprise of his life. Don't be so quick to assume modern cars are immune to this. Ford, Toyota and I believe Audi had this problem. The whole dilemma is that these companies cannot admit to the fault or it will cause them millions, if not billions in recalls and unfortunately, the legal system is their only recourse. Is it right? Nope... so let's hear your solution rather than saying it is all driver error. I know a Ford mechanic that will disagree with you, right now.

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awshucksDec. 27, 12 5:34 AM

re: "They scammed people for years claiming superior quality" It wasn't so much Toyota claiming superior quality as it was the market deciding (correctly, I think) that the quality was there - and for years, it was. Unfortunately Toyota lost their focus on quality, and THAT is why the game is up, and is the cause of Toyota's problems.

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Laura53Dec. 27, 12 6:01 AM

I have had 2 Toyotas and I have had no problems with them. I would buy a 3rd and a 4th and so on and so on....There are problems with all types of cars...get over it....

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imperial67Dec. 27, 12 7:06 AM

re: "They scammed people for years claiming superior quality" really? Let me tell you about the first and last GM I owned....

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minn12Dec. 27, 12 1:59 PM

@comment229:"Nope... so let's hear your solution rather than saying it is all driver error. I know a Ford mechanic that will disagree with you, right now."....Sorry, this alleged problem was investigated by scientists and the NHTSA. Other than floor mats and/or a rare broken engine part, the NHTSA ruled these were all caused by 'pedal misapplication', meaning driver-error. Also, numerous auto organizations ran tests that proved that in cars rigged to have 'sudden acceleration', the cars' brakes were able to stop the vehicles every time, even under full acceleration. This is a hoax, and as we just saw, an invention of the trial lawyers to make millions in 'settlements'.

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