Florida and 29 other states are slated to receive $29 million in a settlement concerning Toyota vehicles that reportedly accelerated without warning.
Lawsuits were filed in 2010 after Toyota recalled 14 million vehicles across the U.S. for accelerating unpredictably. The automaker claimed the problem stemmed from sticky gas pedals, defective floor mats and driver error.
In the settlement, Toyota agreed to:
• Pay states $29 million
• Set aside $5 million for customers who were forced to find alternative
transportation during the recalls
• Create a recall database with vehicle identification numbers
• Notify used vehicle buyers of the defects and no longer list these vehicles as Toyota Certified Used Vehicles
While the overall settlement amount is $29 million, this total will be distributed among the 29 states who were involved in this particular lawsuit through their attorney general. In order to recover funds for replacement transportation, Toyota owners must prove that they owned a vehicle during the specific time periods and that they had to pay money in order for their transportation needs to be met during the recall.
States participating in the settlement in addition to Florida include, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
The intense legal headache that Toyota is going through right now will hopefully encourage other auto makers to be extra cautious in the future when developing comparable products.
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