Reuters reports that 7 auto insurance companies, including Allstate, are
suing Toyota Motor Corp. to recover money they paid in claims for car
crashes blamed on unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as 89 crash-related
deaths since 2000 may be linked to sudden acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles.
Toyota also faces an estimated $10 billion in potential civil liability
in U.S. courts for consumer fraud, personal injury and wrongful death
claims stemming from acceleration complaints.
The latest lawsuits, filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court,
allege that Toyota ignored and hid a defect that causes some of its engines
to surge out of control, and failed to install a brake-override system
that would have prevented such accidents.