Toyota law suit: $1 billion class-action launched over vehicle emissions

One of Australia’s most popular car brands has been stunningly embroiled in a class-action lawsuit over engine features that allegedly hid vehicle emissions levels.

Maddens Lawyers lodged the class action in Victoria’s Supreme Court, claiming more than 500,000 vehicles could be involved and a settlement, if the case is proven, could reach $1 billion.

The dispute is centred around “diesel defeat devices”, with Maddens Lawyers alleging Toyota changed vehicles’ emissions control systems.

It was claimed this was done so cars would pass emission tests, while in the real world they emitted “unlawfully high levels of nitrogen oxide”.

“The class action alleges that Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited supplied hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles in Australia that possess engine design features commonly known as diesel defeat devices (DDD),” a Maddens Lawyers spokesperson said.

“The class action alleges that some diesel engines developed by Toyota … include design elements which tamper with the vehicle’s emissions control system in order to enhance the car’s performance.

“DDD are employed to ensure vehicles, when operating under specific emissions testing conditions, perform in a way that will satisfy the requirements of the emissions tests.

“It is claimed the emissions control system performs differently in test conditions compared to on-road conditions, resulting in Toyota cars passing regulatory testing but then emitting unlawfully high levels of nitrogen oxide when on the road.

“The same vehicle, when operating under real-world conditions, will then produce dramatically more emissions in order to maximise power and engine performance.”

Some of Toyota’s most popular cars like the HiLux and LandCruiser are included in the claim.

The case will include all new or second-hand Toyota diesel vehicles purchased locally on or after February 7, 2016.

Maddens Lawyers’ class action is being funded by British litigation funding firm Woodsford.

Toyota models that could be included in the claim:

  • HiLux, LandCruiser Prado, Fortuner, Granvia and HiAce vehicles fitted with a 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV engine
  • HiLux vehicles fitted with a 2.4 litre 2GD-FTV engine
  • LandCruiser vehicles fitted with a 3.3 litre F33A-FTV engine
  • LandCruiser vehicles fitted with a 4.5 litre 1VD-FTV 195kW to 200kW engine
  • RAV4 vehicles fitted with a 2.2 litre 2AD-FHV or 2AD-FTV engine

Toyota said it would “rigorously” defend the class action.

“Toyota Australia stands by its reporting, monitoring and evaluation standards in relation to the emissions for all its vehicles,” spokesperson said.

“We will defend the class action announced today rigorously.

“As this matter is before the courts, we have no further comment.”

Originally published as $1 billion class-action law suit launched over vehicle emissions

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! Toys Matrix is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – admin@ toysmatrix.com . The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Leave a comment
My title Page contents