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Seven Insurers Sue Toyota Over Sudden Acceleration Crashes

Further complications as maker's sales continue to tumble.

by on Jan.04, 2011

More troubles for Toyota.

Already facing a raft of lawsuits stemming out of its problems with runaway vehicles, Toyota has now been sued by seven insurance companies.

The insurers, which include such major names as Fireman’s Fund and Ameriprise, want to recover money they’ve had to pay out to clients involved in 14 accidents they claim resulted from sudden acceleration defects.  In all, the seven want to be reimbursed for damages exceeding $230,000.

They cite data from 725 crashes allegedly caused by runaway Toyota vehicles  — and contend the maker should have equipped those vehicles with brake override systems that would have made it easier to halt a product that experienced a problem with sudden acceleration.

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A report in the Los Angeles Times, on Monday, cited language in the lawsuit that claims, “certain of Toyota’s cars and trucks have a defect that causes sudden uncontrolled acceleration to speeds of up to 100 mph or more.”

A Toyota spokesperson, however, contended that the suit “was completely unfounded and has no basis.”