Toyota wants a huge lawsuit dismissed/
Toyota has asked a federal court in California to dismiss a collection of lawsuits stemming from the maker’s problems with runaway cars and trucks, claiming the plaintiffs have shown no “actual defect.”
The request, if approved, would impact scores of lawsuits consolidated, earlier this year, by the U.S. District Court of Southern California. If the court allows the action to continue, however, virtually anyone with a Toyota vehicle equipped with an electronic throttle control system, or ETCS, would be able to join in.
The lawsuits were filed by owners who have not only experienced what they claim was sudden, or unintended, acceleration – in which vehicles reportedly race out of control – but also those who contend that the problem and the recalls Toyota has ordered over the last year have reduced the value of their Toyota vehicles.
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For its part, the maker claims it has identified and resolved the unintended acceleration issue with a pair of recalls – one to deal with loose carpets, the other due to potentially sticky accelerators – and that the plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate additional problems. It has been widely speculated by Toyota’s critics that the maker’s ETCS technology is vulnerable to as yet-unidentified electrical problems. But Toyota has contended that no such gremlins exist.
“Toyota looks forward to the time when plaintiffs will finally be compelled to specify exactly what is defective in Toyota’s Electronic Throttle Control System,” said Toyota attorney Cari K. Dawson. “More than a year after filing their first complaint, plaintiffs have not identified a defect and are grasping at straws to make their case.”