Toyota to pay dearly for hiding defective product from public

Toyota to pay dearly for hiding defective product from public

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 safety problems.

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 statements.

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

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