Toyota could suffer the same class action fate as Audi 25 years ago

Article by Anita Panait, on June 27, 2012

Class actions prompted by unintended acceleration allegations may continue to hound Toyota for decades, as what Audi of America has had to handle for around 25 years. Audi is still fighting a version of the original class action filed 25 years ago, involving 300,000 units of the 1978-86 Audi 5000. 

Although the company was exonerated by Transport Canada in 1988 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1989 of unintended acceleration allegations, the battle against the carmaker continues. Despite numerous flip-flops, wins and losses, six amended complaints were filed and legal battle still remains as new lawyers inherit the cases from their older counterparts.

As a matter of fact, Tom McDonald, Audi's public relations manager during the sudden acceleration days, recently received a notice from Audi's outside counsel that he might be deposed to testify in the case. According to McDonald, he could be asked to testify on something he might have said publicly or wrote in a press release back then. McDonald said that the “story is never going to go away." McDonald worked for Volkswagen of America, Audi of America's parent, in 1989. 

Compared to Audi, Toyota’s legal problems could be 33 times larger as it involves more than 10 million vehicles across numerous nameplates, due to sudden acceleration issues brought by sticky gas pedals and floor mats that could jam gas pedals. McDonald is seeing history repeating itself with Toyota. He told Autonews that what happened with Toyota now and Audi then are remarkably similar. He likewise cited some similarities like the media treatment and the way they jump to conclusions and blame the company without the full benefit of technical details. 

Topics: toyota

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

One of the executives at Volkswagen tagged in the so-called Dieselgate scandal has pleaded not guilty to a list of allegations surrounding the carmaker’s actions to cheat emissions regulations in...
by - February 27, 2017
When the Crown De Luxe saloon was first released in 1972, it was at that time the most lavish Toyota model available to British customers. Both unusual and exclusive, one...
by - February 27, 2017
The ride-sharing fleet of sharing Lyft Inc. will soon include thousands of specially fitted self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, courtesy of General Motors. If plans push through, Lyft’s clients would...
by - February 27, 2017
J.D. Power has officially released the 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study, an annual list of the most dependable brands in the auto industry. Once again coming on top is Lexus, the...
by - February 26, 2017
Citroen revealed that its entry to the Chinese market is moving forward with the planned release of the new generation C5. While still on sale on this part of the...
by - February 26, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries