Judge Rules that Defective Toyota Lawsuits Can Move Forward
Over the past year, there has been much publicity in regards to the issues surrounding defective Toyota vehicles. These vehicles have shown a tendency to randomly accelerate without any effort or knowledge on the part of the driver, and there have been multiple injuries and deaths attributed to this problem. As a result of this situation, owners of Toyota vehicles have filed a Toyota class action lawsuit, and defense attorneys had made a motion to dismiss this claim. However, a judge has ruled that this Toyota class action lawsuit can proceed, although the decision did not address the claim on its merits.
Basically, the defense lawyers for Toyota argued that since the specific defect that led to the acceleration dangers and problems could not be identified, there was a lack of evidence that would link the problem to the manufacturer. However, the judge that ruled on the motion disagreed, and as a result the class action will continue. The lawsuit was filed by Toyota owners who have suffered a loss in the value of their vehicles as a result of this defect that led to millions of models being affected by several Toyota recalls.
Not only has the value of these vehicles been negatively affected, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, approximately 90 deaths that have occurred since the year 2000 could be linked to the acceleration issues that have been tied to Toyota. In addition, the company recently settled a case filed in response to the death of an entire family of people in San Diego who lost their lives as a result of an acceleration problem in a Lexus that they were driving.
If you or someone you love has been affected as a result of driving a defective Toyota, you need to seek the help of experienced defective Toyota lawyers who have held corporations of all sizes accountable for the harm they have caused. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.