Toyota's $145m lawsuit settlement

2013-04-08 07:38

LOS ANGELES, California - Toyota has agreed to a R145-million deal with a Californian county over charges that the Japanese automaker hid safety issues linked to unintended acceleration of its cars.

Toyota issued recalls in 2009 and 2010 affecting nearly six-million vehicles in the US due to the risk allegedly caused by floor mats and "sticky" accelerator pedal issues, said Orange County district attorney Tony Rackauckas.


Rackauckas said: "The possibility of experiencing an unintended acceleration event during Toyota's recall crisis clearly scared many consumers.
"This settlement is an important step in holding Toyota accountable for the safety and security of their customers."

He noted that Toyota had "a major presence" in Orange County, south of Los Angeles.

More than 200 US federal and some 100 state cases were filed against the Japanese automaker. Toyota pulled around 10-million vehicles worldwide to settle claims that it hid accelerator pedal defects blamed for a number of deaths.