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Car owners receive settlement from Toyota, Lexus


The Oregon Department of Justice recently joined 28 other states in announcing a $29 million settlement with Toyota Motor Corp., and its North American subsidiaries, over allegations the company concealed safety issues related to unintended acceleration in certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

A complaint filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court in February, alleged that Toyota employed unfair and deceptive practices when they failed to disclose known safety defects with accelerator pedals in a timely manner. The settlement was agreed to the same day.

Between July 2003 and April 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened eight separate investigations into unintended acceleration in certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

Possible causes included driver error, mechanical problems with the gas pedal (known as the “sticky pedal” issue) and “floor mat entrapment,” where incorrectly installed mats could cause pressure on the accelerator.

Oregon will receive nearly $600,000 from the settlement.

Vehicle owners who have questions, can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331 or Lexus, at 800-255-3987.