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Toyota Defective Steering Class Action Reaches Settlement


This is a settlement for the Toyota lawsuit.

Los Angeles, CA: A settlement has been reached between Toyota and over 800,000 drivers in a pending defective automotive class action lawsuit. The suit, filed in California federal court, claims that the power steering systems of some Corollas caused the vehicles to drift out control.

According to court documents, lead plaintiffs Irene Corson and Susan M Yacks, and Toyota, sought preliminarily approval of the deal in March, the terms of which state that Toyota denies any defect with the electronic power steering system in the 2009 and 2010 model year Corollas at issue.

Under the terms of the settlement, class members who have complained about the on-center steering feel of their vehicle will have their retuned electronic control units installed at no cost. For those who haven't previously complained, the retuned electronic control unit will be available at a 50 percent discount. Class members who paid out-of-pocket to have the returned electronic control unit installed may be reimbursed up to $695, according to the settlement memorandum.

Court documents show that The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration opened an investigation in February 2010 of the electric power steering system in the Corolla and Matrix models,. The investigation revealed related consumer complaints dealing with operational issues, not failure of steering elements. The investigation was closed by May 2011.

Under the terms of the deal, class counsel can ask for attorneys' fees and expenses, and class representative incentive awards up to $750,000. The case is Irene Corson et al. v. Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. et al., case number 2:12-cv-08499, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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Published on Jun-29-15

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Posted by
Louis Meert
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I have a 2008 Toyota Highlander. I had the steering column, along with the motor replaced with one from a Corolla by the dealer soon after purchase, as the parts were identical, but Highlander parts were not available.

I am reasonably sure that this same issue would affect Highlanders as well (they have electric motor for their steering, not a hydraulic).

Posted by
Nicholain giles
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Yes I own a corolla 2010 . Yes my Daugher was in a accident because of this and the air bags wouldn't even go off too . Then should

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