Toyota settles with Colorado, other states for stuck accelerators -- and stonewalling officials
The states alleged that Toyota engaged in unfair and deceptive practices when it failed to disclose known safety defects with accelerator pedals in an expeditious manner. As part of the settlement, Toyota has agreed that U.S. officials will have timely access to information and the authority to fully participate in all decisions affecting the safe operation of Toyota vehicles advertised and sold domestically.
Toyota will also maintain an additional $5 million to directly reimburse Toyota and Lexus owners for out-of-pocket expenses incurred for costs including towing expenses, taxi fares and rental car fees that are related to recalls by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of various Toyota and Lexus models.
The model and year of impacted cars:
2005-2010 AvalonConsumers who believe they are entitled to refunds should contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 and Lexus at 1-800-255-3987; the lines are staffed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. MST Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
2007-2010 Lexus ES350
2006-2010 Lexus IS250
2006-2010 Lexus IS350
2010 Lexus RX 350
2010 Lexus RX 450h
2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe
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