Thursday, February 14, 2013
|Final Judgment against Toyota Motor Corp.|
The agreement also requires that Toyota set aside at least $5 million for the restitution fund, which will be available to customers who had out-of-pocket expenses such as rental cars or taxi fees as a result of recalls in late 2009 and early 2010.
The settlement ensures that Toyota significantly improve corporate communications regarding safety issues on all vehicles it sells in the United States. In addition, the settlement prohibits Toyota from:
Reselling vehicles it reacquired with alleged safety defects unless Toyota provides notice to prospective buyers of the possible defects and certifies that the vehicles do not have any identifiable problems;
Designating as Toyota certified any vehicles it reacquired with the alleged safety defects; and
Misrepresenting the purpose of a dealer inspection or repair when directing owners to bring their vehicles to the dealer.
Toyota has provided toll-free numbers for vehicle owners wanting information on eligible restitution. The lines will be staffed from 7 a.m till 8 p.m. (CST) Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The numbers are:
Toyota (800) 331-4331
Lexus (800) 255-3987