A defective product, regardless of what kind, can lead to serious injury
or even death. Many of our California readers, among those in other parts
of the country, have been staying current with news pertaining to Toyota's
According to court documents, the car company has agreed to pay $1.2 billion
to avoid prosecution related to a coverup of these safety problems. Known
as a deferred prosecution agreement, Toyota was forced to admit that it
misled consumers by concealing two safety issues while also making false
This is a story that has been following Toyota since 2009. At the time,
it was reported that hundreds of customers were impacted by accidents
caused by unintended acceleration.
Although this may signify the end of this story, nobody will ever forget
the fact that Toyota was involved with one of the biggest and most costly
automotive recalls of all time.
Making matters worse in this case was the fact that Toyota was aware that
it was selling a defective product, but did not make any changes. As a
result, many people were injured and killed.
Those who have been injured or lost a loved due to a
defective product are within their right to seek compensation for their losses. An experienced
California personal injury attorney can provide more information on the
rights of victim and their families in pursuing such civil actions.
Source: ABC News, "Toyota to Pay $1.2B for Hiding Deadly ‘Unintended Acceleration’" Brian Ross, Mar. 19, 2014