In a previous blog post, we discussed the recent spate of recalls for about 10 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles due to faulty gas pedals. Many of these vehicles with questionable accelerators are still in the process of being examined and reprogrammed by Toyota-trained mechanics. However, this is not the end of Toyota’s problems. A USA Today article reports that Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas has filed a lawsuit against Toyota under the suspicion that the automaker put profits before consumer safety. The District Attorney argued that Toyota knew that their vehicles had problems that could potentially cause unintended acceleration, yet still decided to sell thousands of these faulty vehicles to trusting car buyers.
The article mentions that the suit accuses Toyota of engaging in deceptive business practices in California and presents the question of whether or not the automaker put monetary gain before safety. This poses several questions as to what legal changes should be made to protect consumers and strengthen auto manufacturer design and production protocol. The lawsuit seeks $2,500 per violation under the Unfair Business Practices Act in addition to other costs not specified at the time of the article’s release.
Unfair or deceptive business practices can take on a variety of forms and can directly relate to fraud or misrepresentation. If a consumer feels they have been deceived, intentionally lied to or misled, he or she may want to contact an attorney with experience handing deceptive business practices. In addition, consumers who have taken their Toyota vehicle in to be fixed time and time again may have rights under the California lemon law. For more information, please call Toyota recall lemon law attorney Howard D. Silver at (855) 341-2611 to schedule a free consultation.