Torrance-based Toyota Motor Sales USA settles sludge lawsuit

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Torrance-based Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. has reached a tentative agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit by owners of select Toyota and Lexus models who complained their car engines were damaged by oil ... Full Story
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Charlene Blake

Mount Rainier, MD

#1 Jan 13, 2007
The class action lawsuit doesn't help those Toyota owners who have had sludge build up in a model and/or model year not covered in Toyota's Customer Support Program for Engine Oil Gelation. It doesn't help those who have long ago traded in their vehicles when sludge occurred. It doesn't protect those Toyota owners whose engines have thrown rods through the engine block for no apparent reason. It doesn't help those owners whose engines have spontaneously erupted in fire on the road. No wonder Toyota is quietly settling this engine oil sludge lawsuit. Toyota knows that the matter goes much deeper, according to many Toyota owners. No doubt, it wants to limit is liability. Please sign the Toyota Owners Unite for Resolution online petition if you are not satisfied with this lawsuit or Toyota's handling of this matter. YOu can find the petition at petitiononline.com/TMC2003/pet ition.html. Network with other Toyota owners for more discussion online.

Charlene Blake
cblake@erols.com
Tracy Lyons

AOL

#2 Feb 17, 2007
I drove my husbands 1999 Toyota Camry approx. 20 miles to work on 02/13/2007. After I was in work for about 30-45 minutes I was called outside to see the firemen putting out an engine fire that erupted after I parked the car. I was in shock. How could this happen while the car was off? I was told I would have to hire a forensic fire consultant @$250.00 an hour to determine what caused the Toyota Camry's engine to spontaniosly combust. I was greatful I was not burned and was not charged for the destruction of others property around the burning vehicle. My husband bought the 1999 Toyota Camry in 2002 from a Toyota Dealership in Carlsbad, CA. He was never given any notice/notices about any Toyota recalls. They should have disclosed Recall No. 98V279, and/or any other recalls they knew of, or had the work done prior to the purchase of the 1999 Toyota Camry. We are down to one vehicle because we didn't have full coverage. We got burned by Toyota!!!!!!!!
Sowmi

Waldorf, MD

#3 Mar 11, 2007
Tracy Lyons wrote:
I drove my husbands 1999 Toyota Camry approx. 20 miles to work on 02/13/2007. After I was in work for about 30-45 minutes I was called outside to see the firemen putting out an engine fire that erupted after I parked the car. I was in shock. How could this happen while the car was off? I was told I would have to hire a forensic fire consultant @$250.00 an hour to determine what caused the Toyota Camry's engine to spontaniosly combust. I was greatful I was not burned and was not charged for the destruction of others property around the burning vehicle. My husband bought the 1999 Toyota Camry in 2002 from a Toyota Dealership in Carlsbad, CA. He was never given any notice/notices about any Toyota recalls. They should have disclosed Recall No. 98V279, and/or any other recalls they knew of, or had the work done prior to the purchase of the 1999 Toyota Camry. We are down to one vehicle because we didn't have full coverage. We got burned by Toyota!!!!!!!!
Hello,
Even my 1999 Camry got the engine fire and within 5-10 minutes my car engine and battery was completely burnt on 9th of March 2007. My car is also 1999 camry LE bought in Kansas city as a new car and we moved to DC now.

Any guidance on this topic will be appreciate.
Thanks
Sowmi
sowmiyaj@yahoo.com
Lucina

Tracy, CA

#6 May 8, 2007
Hello, my 1998 Camry just caught on fire Saturday out of the blue and I had not realized these problems were going on with these cars.

I first heard a ticking and then saw smoke. Anyone know what it could be?
mohammed alhaj

Tampa, FL

#7 May 17, 2007
i have same proplem with my camry 99.
what i will do now.
Charlene Blake wrote:
The class action lawsuit doesn't help those Toyota owners who have had sludge build up in a model and/or model year not covered in Toyota's Customer Support Program for Engine Oil Gelation. It doesn't help those who have long ago traded in their vehicles when sludge occurred. It doesn't protect those Toyota owners whose engines have thrown rods through the engine block for no apparent reason. It doesn't help those owners whose engines have spontaneously erupted in fire on the road. No wonder Toyota is quietly settling this engine oil sludge lawsuit. Toyota knows that the matter goes much deeper, according to many Toyota owners. No doubt, it wants to limit is liability. Please sign the Toyota Owners Unite for Resolution online petition if you are not satisfied with this lawsuit or Toyota's handling of this matter. YOu can find the petition at petitiononline.com/TMC2003/pet ition.html. Network with other Toyota owners for more discussion online.
Charlene Blake
cblake@erols.com
mohammed alhaj

Tampa, FL

#8 May 17, 2007
i have same proplem with my camry 99.
what i will do now.
m@dralhaj.com
tampa-florida 33617
mohammed alhaj

Tampa, FL

#9 May 17, 2007
i have same proplem with my camry 99.
what i will do now.
m@dralhaj.com
tampa-florida 33617
Sowmi wrote:
<quoted text>
Hello,
Even my 1999 Camry got the engine fire and within 5-10 minutes my car engine and battery was completely burnt on 9th of March 2007. My car is also 1999 camry LE bought in Kansas city as a new car and we moved to DC now.
Any guidance on this topic will be appreciate.
Thanks
Sowmi
sowmiyaj@yahoo.com
steven

San Diego, CA

#10 May 23, 2007
My 2000 Toyota Celica caught on fire while I was driving it home from the gym in San Diego, I hate Toyota. I was never notified about any dangers driving a toyota, and could not afford a fire investigator. Anybody know of any lawyers who might specelize in this
Satvik

Citrus Heights, CA

#11 May 26, 2007
My Toyota Celica'92 caught on fire while parked on my driveway. I parked it ~6pm after I came back from work and at ~1.30am at night someone rang our door bell and informed us that my car was on fire. It damaged my garage door and other exterior of house and my car was a total loss.
PRAKASH MAKHIJANI

Trenton, NJ

#12 Jun 25, 2007
I HAD TOYOTA 2000 CAMRY IN VERY GOOD CONDITON
WENT ON FIRE ON MOTHERS DAY WHEN I WAS DRVING THE CAR WITH MY FAMILY IN NEW YORK ON A SUNDAY WE WERE GOING FOR LUNCH ON MOHTERS DAY I SMELLED SOME FUNNY SMELL FIRST I THOUGHT IT MAY BE FROM OUTSIDE I PUT MY WINDOW DOWN AND SMELLED IF THE SMELL IS FR OUTSDIE BUT IT WASNT I PULLED MY CAR ON SIDE OF STREET OPEN THE HOOD I SAW SMOKE COIMNG UNDER THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT GOT MY MOTHERILAW OUTSIDE FROM
PASSANGER SIDE AND I COULD SEE THE FIRE FLAMES
UNDER THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT AND THEN RIGHT AWAY I GOT MY DAUGHER OUT FROM THE CAR WHO WAS SITTING IN THE BACK AND GOT AWAY FR THE CAR CALLED 911 AND FIRE DEPARTMENT CAME IN 5-7 MINUTES BY THE TIME THE WHOLE CAR WAS IN FLAMES AND DESTROYED COMPLETEY WAS A SHOCKING FOR ALL OF US AND I FILED THE COMPLAINT AGINST
TOYOTA THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT WROTE A STANDARD LETTER WE ARE EXTREMELEY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MY CAR AND TRAUMA MY FAMILY WENT THROUGH AND THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY RECALL ON THAT CAR AND I ALSO TOLD THEM TO SEND SOME ONE FR TOYOTA TO LOOK AT THE CAR WHAT WENT WRONG BUT LOOKS LIKE THEY ALREADY HAD STANDARD LETTER PRINTED FOR EVERYONE WHO EVER HAS GONE THROUGH THIS AND I
AM VERY SORRY TO SAY THAT THIS WAS NOT CORRECT THING TO DO THE COUSTOMER THEY LOST A COUSTOMER AT THE SAME TIME AND I HAVE TOLD THIS STORY TO LOT MY INDAIN COMMUNITY AND IN MY OFFICE MY FREINDS AND RELATTIVES WILL THINK TWICE BEFORE THEY GO FOR TOYTOA
GHC

Wylie, TX

#13 Jun 25, 2007
The starter on our 1999 Camry got stuck and caused what we believe to be a small fire, melting the battery. We were fortunate in that the damage was minimal (replaced the starter and the battery - same day repairs) and it smoldered out on its own very quickly, but I know what you're talking about with that smell and the smoke. There was quite a bit of both. I was checking and the only recall on the model car we have is for the cruise control, nothing relating to the starter. If enough people report these incidents to NHTSA, maybe they can do something about it. They don't know it's an issue unless someone tells them, though. It's definitely something I'm doing.
need fair not free trade

New Albany, IN

#14 Jun 27, 2007
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By TODD SPANGLER

FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF

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Charlene Blake

Mount Rainier, MD

#15 Jul 20, 2007
Tracy, please e-mail you case details. I am very interested in speaking with you.

Charlene Blake
cblake@erols.com
Charlene Blake

Mount Rainier, MD

#16 Jul 20, 2007
PRAKASH MAKHIJANI wrote:
I HAD TOYOTA 2000 CAMRY IN VERY GOOD CONDITON
WENT ON FIRE ON MOTHERS DAY WHEN I WAS DRVING THE CAR WITH MY FAMILY IN NEW YORK ON A SUNDAY WE WERE GOING FOR LUNCH ON MOHTERS DAY I SMELLED SOME FUNNY SMELL FIRST I THOUGHT IT MAY BE FROM OUTSIDE I PUT MY WINDOW DOWN AND SMELLED IF THE SMELL IS FR OUTSDIE BUT IT WASNT I PULLED MY CAR ON SIDE OF STREET OPEN THE HOOD I SAW SMOKE COIMNG UNDER THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT GOT MY MOTHERILAW OUTSIDE FROM
PASSANGER SIDE AND I COULD SEE THE FIRE FLAMES
UNDER THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT AND THEN RIGHT AWAY I GOT MY DAUGHER OUT FROM THE CAR WHO WAS SITTING IN THE BACK AND GOT AWAY FR THE CAR CALLED 911 AND FIRE DEPARTMENT CAME IN 5-7 MINUTES BY THE TIME THE WHOLE CAR WAS IN FLAMES AND DESTROYED COMPLETEY WAS A SHOCKING FOR ALL OF US AND I FILED THE COMPLAINT AGINST
TOYOTA THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT WROTE A STANDARD LETTER WE ARE EXTREMELEY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT MY CAR AND TRAUMA MY FAMILY WENT THROUGH AND THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY RECALL ON THAT CAR AND I ALSO TOLD THEM TO SEND SOME ONE FR TOYOTA TO LOOK AT THE CAR WHAT WENT WRONG BUT LOOKS LIKE THEY ALREADY HAD STANDARD LETTER PRINTED FOR EVERYONE WHO EVER HAS GONE THROUGH THIS AND I
AM VERY SORRY TO SAY THAT THIS WAS NOT CORRECT THING TO DO THE COUSTOMER THEY LOST A COUSTOMER AT THE SAME TIME AND I HAVE TOLD THIS STORY TO LOT MY INDAIN COMMUNITY AND IN MY OFFICE MY FREINDS AND RELATTIVES WILL THINK TWICE BEFORE THEY GO FOR TOYTOA
Please e-mail me your details. I have some advice for you.

Charlene Blake
cblake@erols.com
Charlene Blake

Mount Rainier, MD

#17 Jul 20, 2007
Lucina wrote:
Hello, my 1998 Camry just caught on fire Saturday out of the blue and I had not realized these problems were going on with these cars.
I first heard a ticking and then saw smoke. Anyone know what it could be?
Please e-mail me your details. I have some questions for you, too.

Charlene Blake
cblake@erols.com
Charlene Blake

Mount Rainier, MD

#18 Jul 20, 2007
Satvik wrote:
My Toyota Celica'92 caught on fire while parked on my driveway. I parked it ~6pm after I came back from work and at ~1.30am at night someone rang our door bell and informed us that my car was on fire. It damaged my garage door and other exterior of house and my car was a total loss.
Please e-mail your Toyota fire details. I have some questions for you.

Charlene Blake
cblake@erols.com
Charlene Blake

Mount Rainier, MD

#19 Jul 20, 2007
steven wrote:
My 2000 Toyota Celica caught on fire while I was driving it home from the gym in San Diego, I hate Toyota. I was never notified about any dangers driving a toyota, and could not afford a fire investigator. Anybody know of any lawyers who might specelize in this
Please e-mail me your Toyota fire details. I have some questions for you.

Charlene Blake
cblake@erols.com
mel

New Albany, IN

#20 Jul 21, 2007
Toyota is once again recalling the Tundra and Sequoia (pictured) for faulty ball joints, with 553,000 vehicles from model years 2004-2007 affected. This is second time in two years that Toyota has recalled the vehicles for this problem. The recall does not affect the all-new 2007 Tundra.

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Owners will be notified of the recall in February, with replacement of the ball joints made at no charge.

The first Tundra and Sequoia recall took place in May of 2005 and also included the Tacoma and 4Runner. Over 750,000 from model years 2001-2004 were recalled at that time. Toyota said that the defect was due to possible scratching of the ball joints during assembly.

Toyota has been largely impervious to the usual negative press involved with widespread recalls. Toyota sales continued to rise last year while recalls totaled over 760,000 vehicles in the U.S. and over a million vehicles in Japan. While Toyota can withstand a few years of widespread recalls, its hard-earned reputation for quality could start to take a hit if the trend
Robert

Toronto, Canada

#21 Jul 25, 2007
Mel, the reason Toyota is impervious to those negatives has a lot to do with the kind of hyped up propagnda being flaunted by the likes of Charlene Blake.
Most folks aren't stupid. They can tell when they're being conned by a con artist.
And the likes of Charlene Blake are just con artists.
Blake is a Michael Moore clone--say anything to get attention, it doesn't have to be true, or even real.
Whatever it takes to blow your horn and have it heard!!
Like Michaeel Moore, Charlene Blake claims to be an activist.
Sadly, she fails miserably at activism because she uses propaganda of the most transparent kind.
Like Michael Moore, Blake is a propagandist, not an activist.
Charlene Blake

Mount Rainier, MD

#22 Aug 2, 2007
Tracy Lyons wrote:
I drove my husbands 1999 Toyota Camry approx. 20 miles to work on 02/13/2007. After I was in work for about 30-45 minutes I was called outside to see the firemen putting out an engine fire that erupted after I parked the car. I was in shock. How could this happen while the car was off? I was told I would have to hire a forensic fire consultant @$250.00 an hour to determine what caused the Toyota Camry's engine to spontaniosly combust. I was greatful I was not burned and was not charged for the destruction of others property around the burning vehicle. My husband bought the 1999 Toyota Camry in 2002 from a Toyota Dealership in Carlsbad, CA. He was never given any notice/notices about any Toyota recalls. They should have disclosed Recall No. 98V279, and/or any other recalls they knew of, or had the work done prior to the purchase of the 1999 Toyota Camry. We are down to one vehicle because we didn't have full coverage. We got burned by Toyota!!!!!!!!
Tracy, I'd be very interested in knowing the details about your Toyota engine fire. Please contact me at cblake@erols.com.

Visit my petition called "Toyota Owners Unite for Resolution: Engine Oil Sludge" and sign it. The link is http://www.petitiononline.com/TMC2003/petitio... .

Charlene Blake
cblake@erols.com
Vienna, VA

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