Michigan subpoenas Toyota’s U.S. arm for information on safety recalls

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

The US arm of Toyota Motor Corp. received a subpoena last Wednesday from Michigan's attorney general, who is seeking information related to the safety recalls due to unintended acceleration. The subpoena cited Michigan's consumer protection act. In a statement issued by his office, the attorney general, Mike Cox, said that concerned Michigan drivers deserve to get answers from Toyota.

Cox revealed though that Toyota has been cooperating with Michigan officials as it prepares to respond to the subpoena.

Aside from determining the causes of unintended acceleration, the subpoena also wants information that Toyota is holding and which it intends to provide the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Michigan's attorney general also wants details about a private lawsuit that stemmed from an accident that killed Guadalupe Alberto in April 2008. Alberto, who was 77 years old and was from Flint, Mich., was driving a Toyota Camry at the time of the accident.

Her family filed a suit against Toyota, claiming that the car that she was driving was defective. Cox clarified that his office will not be taking a position with regards to this suit.

Since last fall, Toyota has issued recalls for about 8.5 million vehicles worldwide over floormats or sticky accelerator pedals that allegedly cause unintended acceleration.

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