Toyota: Fraud and Tragedy
Toyota: Fraud and Tragedy

In 2010, we reported about the Toyota unintended acceleration defect. It seemed to start most prominently with a CHP officer, Mark Saylor, on August 28, 2009. Saylor was driving his family in a loaner Lexus when the accelerator became stuck. Everyone in the car was killed.

Toyota Knew About Acceleration Defect

Of course, the manufacturer blamed the driver for getting his foot caught, and then suggested it may have been the mat. But a lawsuit that went to trial in Oklahoma City in 2013 proved that the real problem with the sudden acceleration was actually the vehicle’s computer system. Moreover, Toyota knew of the defect and withheld that knowledge.

Toyota’s unconscionable conduct resulted in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) getting the Department of Justice to take Toyota to federal court on criminal charges. The charges resulted in a $1.2 billion deferred prosecution agreement, requiring Toyota to submit to monitoring for 3 years.

Toyota admitted to making misleading statements about safety issues, but the criminal charges were dropped because Toyota successfully complied with the terms of their “informal probation.”

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