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October 25, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Facing the potential of paying millions of dollars in punitive damages after losing an Oklahoma sudden acceleration lawsuit, Toyota Motor Corp. quickly reached a settlement with the plaintiffs. On Thursday, an Oklahoma City jury found that faulty electronic systems in a Camry sedan caused it to accelerate out of control and crash, killing one woman and injuring another. The jury ordered Toyota to pay $1.5 million in compensatory damages to the driver of the vehicle, Jean Bookout, and an additional $1.5 million to the family of Barbara Schwarz, who was killed in the crash.
March 26, 1995 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Until now, most ideas about factories of the future pictured lots of robots and a few people turning out endless products in an eerie semi-darkness presumably more friendly to machines than to humans. But now Toyota Motor Corp., the world's most efficient manufacturer of automobiles, has turned that vision upside down by scrapping a heavy emphasis on automation in favor of the flexibility of human workers.
January 22, 2010
What's affected Toyota said Thursday that it would recall the following vehicles to address what it described as a sticky gas pedal that could lead to unintended acceleration: Avalon, 2005-10 Camry, 2007-10 Corolla, 2009-10 Highlander, 2010 Matrix, 2009-10 RAV4, 2009-10 Sequoia, 2008-10 Tundra, 2007-10 Note: Toyota also said the Pontiac Vibe, which it manufactured in...
July 8, 2005 | From Reuters
Volkswagen is recalling 39,583 Jetta sedans in the U.S. because of the possibility of a fuel leak that could trigger a fire, U.S. safety regulators said. The vehicles involved in the recall are from the 2005 model year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Separately, NHTSA said Ford Motor Co.
February 7, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian and Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
An investigation into sudden acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles by the nation's space agency is expected to report Tuesday that no significant electronic defects have been found, though the issue requires continued monitoring, according to automotive electronics and safety experts. The NASA report was commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after thousands of owners complained that their Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles accelerated unexpectedly, causing dozens of deaths.
March 5, 2010 | By Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian
More than 60 drivers have complained of sudden acceleration incidents despite the fact that their cars were repaired by Toyota Motor Corp. in the current recalls, new data released Thursday show. The latest figure, released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, significantly increases the total number of complaints involving repaired vehicles, which was less than 10 on Tuesday. The new complaints allege several accidents and at least three injuries resulting from runaway unintended acceleration despite the vehicles' undergoing a series of modifications at Toyota dealerships designed to resolve the issue.
February 9, 2011 | By Ralph Vartabedian,, Los Angeles Times
Sudden acceleration in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles is caused by mechanical rather than electronic systems, a federal study found, but regulators said they are considering requiring automakers to install a trio of safety systems designed to reduce the risk on future vehicles. Transportation Department Secretary Ray LaHood asserted that a 10-month probe conducted primarily by NASA engineers found no evidence that electronic defects or software code errors could account for the thousands of reported cases of sudden acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles over the last decade.
April 1, 2011 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to hand over its top-secret source code to attorneys in class-action suits against the automaker, a potentially important victory for attorneys who claim that electronics can cause sudden acceleration. But within hours of that deal being filed in federal court in Santa Ana this week, a federal jury in New York ruled that at least in one case, Toyota was not to blame for sudden acceleration. The two developments underscore the complicated and contentious nature of the ongoing litigation over sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles.
February 28, 2010 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Carol J. Williams and Robert Faturechi
'Look of terror' d Umni Suk Chung screamed, "No brakes! No brakes! No brakes!" as her Lexus RX330 sped along the shoulder of the 10 Freeway in West Los Angeles on a deadly collision course. Chung's luxury SUV was going nearly 80 mph when it smashed into a Mercedes sedan on the Overland Avenue exit ramp. The Lexus overturned, killing Chung's sister-in-law, Esook Synn, who was seated in the back seat. Chung and another passenger were badly injured. A woman who said she witnessed the accident said that she could see a "look of terror" in Chung's face just moments before the Dec. 15, 2008 crash.
July 2, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Toyota Motor Corp. will recall Lexus cars with faulty engines that could stall while in motion, the company said in Japan on Friday. The recall will involve about 90,000 Lexus and Toyota vehicles in that country, said Toyota spokesman Mike Michels. Approximately 137,000 Lexus cars with the same engine problem were sold in the U.S. It's not been determined if they will also be recalled, Michels said. "Each country has different regulatory processes and timetables, so it has yet to be determined whether or not there will be a recall in the U.S. or any country outside of Japan," he said.
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