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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 15:48

Toyota Sued by Allstate for $3 M in Acceleration-related Claims

Toyota is being sued by Allstate in Los Angeles Superior Court saying they have paid $3 million for accidents caused by sudden acceleration.

Allstate said Oct. 1 in its complaint that “Toyota had full knowledge of the numerous complaints regarding its vehicles, that such vehicles were susceptible of sudden unintended acceleration, and thus that such vehicles posed a significant risk of property damage, as well as physical injury to vehicle occupants and other motorists.”


Sudden acceleration has accounted for at least 725 accidents with 304 injuries and 18 fatalities, Allstate said, citing Safety Research and Strategies Inc. Undisclosed flaws in the electronic throttle have been linked to sudden acceleration, it said. It accused Toyota of negligence, product liability, breach of implied warranty and fraud.

“While Toyota has not seen the complaint, based on reports, we believe the unfounded allegations in this suit have no basis,” Celeste Migliore, a spokeswoman for Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. in Torrance, California, said in an e-mailed statement.  The case is Allstate Insurance Co. v. Toyota Motor North America Inc., BC446704, Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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