7 insurance companies sue Toyota for sudden acceleration accidents


While Toyota may have some big hopes for 2011, it isn’t getting off to a very pleasing start. Seven insurance companies have sued the Japanese automaker in an attempt to recoup money paid to cover crashes where sudden acceleration is to blame.

The insurers sites data that 725 crashes resulted due to sudden acceleration and that Toyota failed to equip the cars with an override system that would allow a car to go idle if the brakes and the gas were pressed together. The insurers are looking for $230,000 from 14 crashes throughout the United States.

The lawsuits allege that “certain of Toyota’s cars and trucks have a defect that causes sudden uncontrolled acceleration to speeds of up to 100 mph or more,” the Los Angeles Times reported this morning.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: LA Times