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Couple opens class-action lawsuit against Toyota

SEATTLE — A Seattle couple has sued Toyota, seeking to have the company take back the vehicle they just bought or reimburse them for lost value. Dana and Douglas Eller filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court, seeking class action status on behalf of others who recently bought Toyotas. The lawsuit claims the Ellers bought a 2009 RAV4 in September ...

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Toyota's European sales plummet

BRUSSELS — Toyota’s sales in Europe slipped 20 percent in February from a year ago after the company launched a massive recall to fix faulty gas pedals, according to EU car makers’ sales figures released today. The company sold 42,234 cars in the 27-nation bloc in February, down from 53,233 the same month a year ago. It launched a worldwide ...

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Investigators puzzled by findings of Toyota probe

The U.S. government said today it cannot explain a reported incident of sudden, high-speed acceleration in a Toyota Prius on a San Diego, California, freeway last week. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement that it continues to investigate but “we may never know exactly what happened with this car.” The agency said its engineers are reviewing ...

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Toyota sending Prius expert to aid investigation

HARRISON, N.Y. — Toyota is sending an engineer to help with the investigation of an accident in which a driver said her Prius accelerated on its own and slammed into a stone wall. Harrison police Capt. Anthony Marraccini said today that Toyota told him a “technical analyst engineer” would come to the New York City suburb next Wednesday to help ...

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Toyota problems may bring new regulations

WASHINGTON — The government may require automakers to include brake systems that can override the gas pedal in response to Toyota’s massive recalls, auto safety officials told Congress on Thursday. David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in prepared remarks to a House panel that his agency may require the brake override systems, a fix ...

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Toyota complaints causing Prius panic

NEW YORK — Reports of sudden acceleration in the Toyota Prius have spiked across the country. But that doesn’t mean there’s an epidemic of bad gas pedals in the popular hybrid. Experts on consumer psychology say the relentless negative media attention Toyota has received since the fall makes it much more likely that drivers will mistake anything unexpected — or ...

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Toyota wants wrecked Prius; police refuse

HARRISON, N.Y. — A New York police official says Toyota wants a Prius that was involved in a crash — but his department is “not prepared to release it just yet.” Harrison police Capt. Anthony Marraccini said Wednesday that he had spoken to someone from Toyota’s regional headquarters. The Department of Transportation also says federal safety regulators are gathering information ...

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Toyota reports sales exceed expectations

TOKYO — A high-ranking Toyota executive says the automaker’s North American sales spiked around 50 percent the first eight days of March as incentives helped lure customers after a series of embarrassing safety recalls. Don Esmond, senior vice president of automotive operation for Toyota Motor Sales, says that the early numbers surpassed the company’s expectations. Esmond says there is pent-up ...

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Toyota lawsuits could cost automaker $3B

MIAMI — Toyota owners claiming that massive safety recalls are causing the value of their vehicles to plummet have filed at least 89 class-action lawsuits that could cost the Japanese auto giant $3 billion or more, according to an Associated Press review of cases, legal precedent and interviews with experts. Those estimates do not include potential payouts for wrongful death ...

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Toyoda promises to 'restore trust'

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda met with Japan’s prime minister today and promised to restore trust in the automaker’s cars as it embarks on a broad campaign to repair its tarnished reputation. Toyoda pledged to improve quality controls is his meeting with Japanese premier Yukio Hatoyama and other government officials on the company’s problems. “I explained that ...

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