Toyota Seeks to Have 'Unintended Acceleration' Lawsuits TossedToyota Motor (TM) has asked a federal judge to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits the company faces over problems with unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The world's largest automaker says such complaints are based on anecdotes, and fail to identify specific defects, Bloomberg News reported.

Toyota has been hit with more than 300 state and federal lawsuits, including proposed class actions charging economic losses, and claims of personal injuries and deaths of people in vehicles that allegedly accelerated out of control and crashed.

"Plaintiffs infer negligence and strict liability on the part of Toyota based on unsubstantiated circumstantial information," Bloomberg reported, quoting documents the company filed in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., on Sept. 13.

The Japanese automaker has repeatedly claimed that incidences of unintended acceleration are caused by "pedal misapplication" -- simply put: drivers mistakenly stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brakes. But the automaker has also recalled some 8 million cars worldwide to repair sticky gas pedals and reduce the likelihood that accelerators could be trapped by bulky, rubber floor mats.

A hearing on Toyota's request to dismiss the lawsuits is scheduled for Nov. 19, Bloomberg said.

Toyota Sales Flat as Rest of Industry Rebounds

The recalls to remedy the accelerator problems were just the start of a series of recalls of Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles that have pushed the company's recent worldwide recall total to more than 10 million. The affected vehicles included some of the automaker's most popular nameplates, including the Camry, Corolla and Prius.

Though many Toyota owners remain loyal, U.S. sales have been affected. After threatening to overtake General Motors as the largest supplier of vehicles to the domestic market in recent years, Toyota has consistently undersold automaker Ford Motor (F) in recent months, as the struggling auto industry seeks to recover from last year's dismal sales record.

Earlier this month, Toyota reported year-to-date sales through August were essentially flat at 1.16 million vehicles compared with 1.17 million in the first eight months of 2009, even as its competitors have shown solid growth compared with last year's depressed levels.

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I, for one, love to see frivolous lawsuits thrown out. If Toyota is really responsible then they will pay.

September 16 2010 at 11:20 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

When ya buy Jap... ya get 'Japped" every time.

September 16 2010 at 7:33 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to therule72's comment
themanindbox how many "jap" cars do you see on this list?

September 16 2010 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

dispicable toyota once again dodging responsibility. What about the people it has killed? Dispicable.

September 16 2010 at 6:53 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to stenokat's comment

What about the recall that GM refused to issue that has cost them 500 million dollars in losses due to law suits from burn victims? ----

September 16 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i bought new ford truck recently and drove 3 month and i got rid of it, its piece of junk !! im very angry about this ford compnay! this was my first time to buy ford and never do it again !, i drove chevrolet alll my life and sweet ! i bought toyota for my wife and her first car ! my families have toyota and i know its a good company! ! are u kidding me those ford company is number one selling, there s plenty of recalled on ford company !!! yukkkk

September 16 2010 at 6:52 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to coneyloveme's comment

You don't say what was so wrong with the truck that you got rid of it in 3 months or why after driving Chevrolet all your life and they were sweet that you bought a toyota for your wife instead of a Chevrolet. Maybe the "yukkk" was just leaking out of your rickshaw like a fart in an elevator.

September 16 2010 at 7:02 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Ford Statistically has had more recalls then any other car company ever.. Ill get thumbs down because people think that historically i am wrong.. Well look it up fool.. GM has Denied responsibility for more Recalled cars then anyone. Even as far as buying out the NHTSA with money to provide better tests. The 80's Truck recalls, they ended up paying for burn victims in the sum of 500 million dollars.. You can disagree or go to the link, tell me how many toyota's you see... Note the unintended accelleration issue GM had in the early 70's...

September 16 2010 at 2:28 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I have a better Idea. Why in the world do we need this fly by wire crap? Why don't these auto makers go back to the old school cable control for the gas pedal? It hardly ever failed. Why do auto manufactures feel the need to take throttle control out of our hands. I personaly like to have complete control over my vehicle. I don't need to have some dumb piece of electronic crap telling me whats best...Just a thought......And as far as the carbon footprint stuff is concerned, they can jam it some place. I like driving my high horse powered gas using over weight truck.....

September 16 2010 at 4:43 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
go away

but there are more than a few who have not faked this, so what toes Toyota intend doing for them...absolutely nothing, probably suing the famalies for having family members killed in toyotas

September 16 2010 at 2:49 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

Im sure some people have faked these suits as we all know but if there was not a problem then why recall the cars? There WAS and IS a problem! I know someone with a new camry anmd as he was driving down the road his gas pedal came loose and fell off! You can be loyal to a auto maker all you want. They have all had their recalls but toyota has flat out lied about whats going on. They use these families to make their cute little commericals of how all the kids drove a camry and the nerdy father laughs at one kid wanting the new camry. Toyota has had sooo many recalls its just plain scary and in a short amount of time. Their owners who ARE NOT from this country just laugh at americans for buying their crap. Being loyal to a maker is one thing but now it comes down to safety and toyota cannot keep up with whats been going on because they got power hungry! We owned a lexus once and I was not impressed. BORING! If IO were a fan of this company that would change real quick with the problems they have had and they have had them! I wouldnt buy oen of those POS! Wouldnt ride in one! Keep them. Actually says alot about someone when they do buy one. If you think your telling everyone off about it what your actuaqlly doing is showing everyone how just plain stupid you are and how you dont care about your family! Now you may make comments about whatever typos I might have made. Im not the one that bought a toyota. Only FOOLS would do that!

September 16 2010 at 2:37 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Toyota's recalls coincided with the government bailout of GM. This doesn't necessarily mean one caused the other, but ought to at least be investigated. When Republicans take control of the House and possibly the Senate, watch for the subpoenas.

September 16 2010 at 2:16 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply


September 16 2010 at 1:12 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to hondabuck's comment

Other manufacturers have problems ALL THE TIME! Recalls happen in every company.

September 16 2010 at 10:41 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

When we buy foreign we go further in debt. We must always buy American and put Americans back to work.

September 16 2010 at 1:07 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to toosmart4u's comment

The start of the 4th paragraph in this article says it all..."The Japanese automaker..."....BUY AMERICAN!!!!

September 16 2010 at 5:40 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply