Toyota: The Company Everyone Wants to Sue

I don't own a Toyota, but with everything I've heard and read as of late, I'd hate to be one of the high-end executives.

The horizon doesn't look rosy for the Japanese-based company.

If anything, Toyota is now a defenseless, wounded animal out in the wild, waiting with watchful eyes as the meat-eating beasts circle their prey.

Several unfortunate events are now taking place on two different fronts. Just two weeks after Toyota recalled 8 million vehicles because of sticky gas pedals, the company is now gearing up for a global recall of its new Prius model. Instead of the gas pedal issue, this line of hybrids has problems with delayed braking. Reuters reports that Toyota will officially launch the recall on Tuesday.

The second issue Toyota now faces is on the legal front. In a second report, Reuters said that at least 30 class-action lawsuits have been filed against the Japanese automaker since the original recall two weeks ago.

"This is just the beginning," said Mark Bunim of New York-based mediation firm Case Closure LLC. "There's going to be one of these cases in every town."

Given the state of the economy, that's a bad thing for Toyota. As I said before, the wounded company has found itself circled by legal hounds and highly ticked-off consumers. But who can blame them? If you had an accident because of faulty manufacturing, you can bet-- if you're still alive that is-- you'd find yourself in a lawyer's office suing the pants off the company.

Unfortunately, the lawsuits won't just deal with issues that have appeared over the last few weeks. Frank Pitre, a plaintiff lawyer at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, points out that there will be Toyota owners-- those who had an accident in the past few years-- that will wonder if the accidents stemmed from unintended acceleration, and will look into legal action.

To make matters worse, there's talk that Toyota knew about the acceleration problem and lied to the public to conceal the truth. If that's the case, if that is proved true in a court of law, then Toyota may end up closing its doors for good.

If you want to sue Toyota, you better get in line according to Reuters.

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  • pink315
    lol, im not a buy american, but its times like this I feel good driving a ford
  • kingnoobe
    Um ya cause ford, gm, chevy.. *damn near every other car manufacter*. Has never had these problems amirite?

    Seriously Toyota fucked up, and now their gonna pay for it. But I'd still would go buy a toyota any day of the week just not one of these two models.

    Although really only people who shouldn't be on the road anyways would get in a wreck because an accelater got stuck, or a slight delay in breaks *how about not riding peoples ass give yourself some time.. o that's right your one of those dumbass offensive drivers*.

    Parents this is why your kids first car should be a pos borderline unsafe. This way they know learn to drive, and learn to deal with problems. Instead of being some idiot that freaks out when something unforeseen happens.
  • This is really ridiculous, we Americans sue for everything nowadays, and we should be ashamed for it. The chances that the accelerator issue or the brake issue will actually happen to you are really, really, really small. Chances are if you had an accident, it's because either you or the other person was being an idiot, not because of a mechanical problem with the car. The fact that Toyota is giving out this recall is a sign that it is a good company, and that they are trying to fix the problem. I figure if they are willing to admit it, then they should be allowed to go free. Especially since they aren't the ones actually MAKING the pedals. Here's to hoping Toyota will stay around a lot longer...I would hate to loose the Toyota and Lexus name here, especially after being satisfied with their products for so long...
  • fracture
    My Toyota radio died so I couldn't hear the news on the Toyota recall. I'm suing Toyota! But yeah, I agree with kingnoobe and sequoiaboya.
  • anonymouse
    v\If anything, Toyota is now a defenseless, wounded animal out in the wild, waiting with watchful eyes as the meat-eating bests circle their prey
  • anonymouse
    If anything, Toyota is now a defenseless, wounded animal out in the wild, waiting with watchful eyes as the meat-eating "bests" circle their spellcheck.
  • nforce4max
    This is a great excuse for when is pulled over by a cops for speeding or running a red light after all those sticky peddles have gotten people killed.
  • Yuka
    How serious is the breaking/accel issue, really?

    I know for sure the american brands would pay to see Toyota downed to the bottom so they can sell more cars with poor manufacturing, that's for sure.

    I'm saying "leave Toyota alone", but it's kinda weird that the issues are so spread out with the recalls... I remember the line of Escorts, Ford had to recall because of some engine issue i don't remember that it actually made it burn, lol. Or the electrical problems the cheap FIATs have over the world, lol.

    Anyway, let's see how this turns out at the end... USA and the World wouldn't want Toyota to disappear from the car business (maybe competing brands would, lol).

  • gtown
    pink315lol, im not a buy american, but its times like this I feel good driving a ford
    Ford Pinto ring any bells?
  • lilwillis
    YukaHow serious is the breaking/accel issue, really?Seen an interview today with a lady that had this problem. The car, a prius, must have had the engine pegged. She kept her brakes for a lawsuit because the had them fully pressed and it still didnt stop the car. The brakes finally seized up and caught fire which finally brought her to a stop.

    And lets face it here. Toyota currently has no idea what the real problem is here. Floor mats, stick accelerators, bad brakes, or faulty computers? They really don't know but feel its ok to make commercials saying they do!