Latest Toyota Lawsuits

Many of these are class-action suits that look to cover a group of owners in a particular area. Click on the lawsuit for more information and to see if you're eligible to receive any potential settlements.

  • Adam B. Lawler Law Firm, LLC, et al., v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., et al.

    A Toyota Bluetooth echo class action lawsuit has been filed by an Illinois law firm which alleges the hands-free phone systems are defective in multiple Toyota models that were not initially equipped with Apple CarPlay and have not had a head unit replaced by Toyota.

    Status
    pending
    Problem
    Bluetooth Echos During Calls
    Class Vehicles
    • 4Runner
    • Avalon
    • Avalon HV
    • Camry
    • Camry HV
    • Highlander
    • Highlander HV
    • Prius
    • Prius V
    • Sequoia
    • Sienna
    • Tacoma
    • Tundra
    • Yaris
    Class Members
    Illinois Residents
    Location
    Illinois
  • Murphy, v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al.

    The plaintiffs allege a battery defect causes RAV4 to lose electrical power, stall and catch fire. The class action lawsuit says the 2013-2018 SUVs have defects in the 12-volt B+ terminals which suffer electrical shorts to the frames that hold down the batteries.

  • Freeman, et al., v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. et al.

    Toyota Bluetooth echo problems have caused a class action lawsuit that alleges when the driver of the Toyota uses the hands-free phone system to make or receive a call, the person on the other end of the call hears an echo of their own words.

    Status
    pending
    Problem
    Bluetooth Echos During Calls
    Class Vehicles
    • 2017-2018 4Runner
    • 2017-2018 Avalon
    • 2017-2018 Avalon Hybrid
    • 2016-2018 Highlander
    • 2016-2018 Highlander Hybrid
    • 2016-2018 Prius
    • 2016-2018 Prius V
    • 2016-2018 Sequoia
    • 2016-2018 Sienna
    • 2016-2018 Tacoma
    • 2016-2018 Tundra
    • 2018 Yaris
    Location
    Missouri
  • Stockinger, et al., v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

    A Toyota air conditioner smell lawsuit alleges numerous Toyota and Lexus models build up mold on the evaporators and send musty moldy odors into the vehicles.

    Status
    pending
    Problem
    Musty and Moldy A/C
    Class Vehicles
    • 2010-2015 4Runner
    • 2007-2015 Avalon
    • 2013-2015 Avalon HV
    • 2009-2015 Corolla
    • 2008-2015 Highlander
    • 2008-2015 Highlander HV
    • 2008-2015 Land Cruiser
    • 2009-2015 Matrix
    • 2006-2015 Prius
    • 2012-2015 Prius C
    • 2010-2015 Prius PHV
    • 2012-2015 Prius V
    • 2006-2015 RAV4
    • 2008-2015 Sequoia
    • 2004-2015 Sienna
    • 2007-2015 Tundra
    • 2009-2015 Venza
    • 2007-2015 Yaris
    • 2007-2014 FJ Cruiser
    Location
    California
  • Dismissed

    Albert Heber v. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., et al.

    According to the plaintiffs, Toyota switched to “soybean coated wires” in various cars, vans, SUVs and trucks, but the wiring is allegedly defective because it attracts rats and other rodents. Once chewed, the damaged wiring can cause all kinds of vehicle functions to fail, allegedly creating a safety hazard.

  • Roscoe v. Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.

    A Toyota soy wiring class-action lawsuit alleges rats, mice, squirrels and other animals are enticed to chew the wires that causes damage to all kinds of electrical components, leaving Toyota owners to pay thousands for repairs.

    Status
    pending
    Problem
    Rodents Chew Wires
    Class Vehicles
    • 2011-2016 4Runner
    • 2013-2016 Avalon
    • 2012-2016 Camry Hybrid
    • 2009-2016 Camry
    • 2014-2016 Corolla
    • 2014 FJ Cruiser
    • 2009/2012/2015 Highlander
    • 2009 Matrix
    • 2010-2015 Prius
    • 2012-2015 Prius C
    • 2008-2016 Rav4
    • 2012-2015 Sequoia
    • 2011-2014 Sienna
    • 2014-2015 Tacoma
    • 2007-2016 Tundra
    • 2010-2013 Venza Ltd
    Location
    Massachusetts
  • Salas, et al., v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc., et al.

    The plaintiffs claim the evaporator allows mold to grow and creates a hazard to occupants. The evaporator, used with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, allegedly collects moisture due to condensation as it absorbs heat from the passenger compartment.

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  4. Musty and Moldy A/C

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  5. Rodents Chew Wires

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Latest Toyota Lawsuit News

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  1. A lawsuit wonders how Toyota can keep calling their bluetooth implementation "hands-free" when owners very much need to use their hands to prevent echos on each and every call.

    For years owners have complained about this issue, but Toyota's only suggestion has been to pickup the phone and turn it's volume all the way up after the call has been initiated. Oh, and also make sure the radio volume is below level 45. Sorta defeats the point, don't you think?…

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  2. A lawsuit says 2005-2011 4Runners weren’t properly treated to protect against corrosion.

    In May 2018, the plaintiff was driving his car on the highway when the steering wheel allegedly started vibrating so violently the 4Runner went off the road. A mechanic said the right front control arm fractured because of excessive corrosion and rust. Toyota may deny knowing about rust problems in court, but that argument should crumble even faster than their frames.

    In 2016 the automaker settled a massive corrosion lawsuit for similar model years of the Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia vehicles. That was the same year as a recall for 690,000 trucks with corroding rear suspension leaf springs.

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  3. An appeals court has cleared Toyota of any wrongdoing in a crash involving a 2005 Tundra that left William Jae Kim severely injured.

    Kim steered to the right and lost control of the Tundra, sending it off the highway and over an embankment as it rolled onto its roof and then back onto the wheels. The plaintiff sustained severe life-changing neck and spinal cord injuries in the crash.

    Vehicle stability control (VSC) was standard equipment for the 2001 to 2004 Tundra, but made an optional upgrade in 2005. The plaintiff argued that the truck’s lack of VSC led to his crash. However, the jury ruled that a missing feature wasn’t the same as a design defect.

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  4. Toyota has blamed a musty A/C smell on microbes [i.e., mold] growing o the evaporator surface and now a lawsuit wants them to do something about it.

    The plaintiffs claim the vehicles have defective heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that cause smells and health problems from mold that collects on the evaporators. Numerous complaints have allegedly been filed with the government, Toyota and Lexus dealerships nationwide since at least 1999.

    This isn't the first time Toyota has been sued for musty A/C units.

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  5. There's a settlement on the horizon for owners of Toyota trucks with rusted out frames that are so holey, they make the Pope blush.

    The rusted frame class-action lawsuit may cost Toyota as much as $3.4 billion to replace truck frames that corrode and rust, making the frames a danger due to structural failures.

    The settlement covers former and current owners / lessees of the 2005-2012 Tacoma, 2007-2008 Tundra, and 2005-2008 Sequoia in the United States and its territories. Many of these trucks are one stiff breeze away from having their underbody turn to a pile of corroded dust. A fairness hearing will happen on 04/27/2017. If the judge approves the agreement, owners will have 60 days to submit claim forms and documentation.

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  6. When Toyota switched away from using plastic or glass-based inulation in favor of soy, it invited in some very unwelcome Toyota loyalisits.

    According to the plaintiff, she learned the hard way about the soy wiring when her Avalon wouldn't start and a look under the hood showed wires chewed, so she had the car towed to a dealer. Toyota told her rodents had caused the damage and it would be no problem to repair the problems as long as she could cough up $6,000 to cover the bill.

    The soy-based wiring is allegedly attracting in rodents, who love to chew it up and use it for nesting material. The lawsuit, Heidi Browder vs. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. follows a similar lawsuit filed against Honda earlier this year.

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  7. The Toyota Camry stinks and now there's a lawsuit intent on proving it

    . The Camry's ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) uses an evaporator inside the vehicle's dashboard. According to the plaintiffs, as cold refrigerant passes into the evaporator it mixes with warm air from the passenger cabin to create moisture. The condenser moisture mixes with things from the HVAC's outside vents – dead insects, pollen, leaves, and other fun stuff – to eventually turn into a moldy and stinky mess.…

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  8. It's the season to be thankful

    – for family, for health, for leftover turkey sandwiches. And if that wasn't enough, Toyota owners now have another reason: Toyota might have to shell out some serious cash if your vehicle's frame is rusting out. Toyota has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that says certain vehicles weren't protected with anti-rust chemicals at the factory. That leaves them susceptible to road salt and premature corrosion. If approved, the settlement is going to cost Toyota a lot of money. As in, $3.4 billion or so. Here's why.…

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