Downeast Toyota Two left turns = Toyota DEATHS !!!!!!!!
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#1 May 10, 2013
Toyota Settles Over California Deaths
By NICK BUNKLEY
Published: September 18, 2010
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CloseDiggRedditTumblrPermalink Toyota has reached an out-of-court settlement with relatives of a family killed when the Lexus sedan they were driving sped out of control and crashed, an accident that put a national spotlight on the sudden acceleration problems that later prompted the automaker to recall millions of vehicles.
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Toyota confirmed the settlement Saturday in a statement but did not provide the amount of the settlement or any other details.
“Through mutual respect and cooperation we were able to resolve this matter without the need for litigation,” the statement said.
The crash, which happened in August 2009 near San Diego, was documented with gripping evidence that drew nationwide attention. A backseat passenger called 911 to say that the driver, an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer named Mark Saylor, was unable to stop the 2009 Lexus E350, which went as fast as 120 miles per hour on a freeway before hitting another vehicle and landing in a ravine.
Mr. Saylor, 45; his wife, Cleofe, 45; and their 13-year-old daughter Mahala died, along with Cleofe Saylor’s brother, Chris Lastrella, 39. It was Mr. Lastrella who told the 911 operator that the car’s pedal was stuck and ended the call by saying,“Hold on and pray.” The car was on loan from the nearby Bob Baker Lexus dealership while Mr. Saylor’s car was being repaired.
The settlement, according to Toyota’s statement, resolves product liability claims by the Saylor and Lastrella families against Toyota and the dealership. The families have separate claims against the dealership that were not covered.
Two months after the crash, Toyota began a recall that eventually covered 5.4 million vehicles globally in which the automaker said the driver-side floor mat could trap the accelerator pedal. It later recalled 4.5 million vehicles in which the pedals themselves were determined to be defective. Some vehicles were covered by both recalls, for a total of about eight million vehicles.
In February, Toyota’s chief executive, Akio Toyoda, apologized to Congress and to the Saylors’ family, saying he would “do everything in my power to ensure such a tragedy never happens again.”
The recalls hurt Toyota’s sales and damaged its reputation for building high-quality, reliable vehicles. Thousands of complaints poured in to federal regulators from drivers who said their Toyota-made vehicles accelerated suddenly. In April, the government fined Toyota a record $16.4 million for waiting too long to initiate a recall. The complaints are tied to at least 93 deaths.
Toyota is continuing to defend itself against class-action lawsuits filed by Toyota owners and relatives of people who died in crashes alleged to have resulted from sudden acceleration. The company could face billions of dollars in liabilities if it loses the cases.
#2 May 10, 2013
HOUSTON (KTRK)-- A grieving husband and father is suing automaker Toyota alleging that a malfunctioning gas pedal caused his wife's 2009 Corolla to crash, killing her.
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Story: Dealers swamped by worried Toyota driversMichael Harris says the death of his wife has changed his family's life in every possible way. On Monday, his attorneys filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota at the Harris County Civil Court. He claims the automaker knew there were problems but did not act in time to fix them.
In times of unspeakable grief, precious memories have a way of providing spontaneous moments of joy. For Michael Harris and his mother-in-law, they're all that's left to hold onto.
Harris said, "My mother-in-law, my family, everyone lost someone they loved and cherished so much. That cannot be replaced by anything."
That someone was his wife and mother to their two daughters. Trina Harris was killed in a horrific car crash in December. Her car sped through a stop sign and smashed into a concrete wall. She died on impact. Harris was driving a 2009 Toyota Corolla, a vehicle that would later be included in the automaker's massive recall to fix mechanical problems with the accelerators.
"The gas pedal took off on her," Harris said. "I believe there was a malfunction with the car."
Harris, a US Navy petty officer, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota, the gas pedal's manufacturer and the local Toyota dealer where his wife leased the car.
Attorney Kenneth Mingledorff said, "You know they built a death trap. They need to stop it. They are aware of it. They know it, they knew it. They need to put a stop to it."
The lawsuit alleges gross negligence, claiming, "The 2009 Toyota Corolla contained a defect in its accelerator pedal and that defect existed at the time the product left the manufacturer's hands."
Harris said, "We don't have closure and we don't have the answers as to why. Nothing else makes sense."
Toyota released a statement to Eyewitness News:
"It is very important in any incident or claim, that a full and complete investigation is allowed to take its course to find the cause and speculation should be avoided."
We also tried contacting the gas pedal manufacturer. That company declined to comment.
Harris says his attorneys plan to hire a team of experts to examine the wreckage. He also says his insurance company plans to conduct its own investigation
#3 May 10, 2013
Bought a 2012 Camry..... and it's a death-trap!!!!!
Bought a beautiful new 2012 Camry SE..... and just a couple of days later, the electric steering system completely failed while making a left turn and nearly got broadsided by a semi truck!!!!!!!!!!
Had it towed to a Toyota dealer and they will call after diagnosing it.
I've had some unreliable cars but never in my life had one nearly kill me a few days in to ownership! Just glad it did not occur while on the freeway or else....
So do I have any recourse or am I stuck with this death trap? Obviously, I don't trust it anymore. Can I force Toyota to give me a different car?
I thought Toyota was all about safety now after the past couple of years. I guess I was wrong to trust it.
#4 May 11, 2013
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