Toyota’s Continuing Litany of Safety Issues Draws Comment from Gilman Law LLP

Recently Announced $3 Billion Corrosion Settlement Fails to
Compensate Many Current and Former Owners of Affected Tundra, Tacoma,
and Sequoia Sport Utility Vehicles.
Affected Consumers are Urged
to Seek a Review of Their Claims.

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In recent years, Toyota has been at the center of a seemingly-endless
string of safety problems, resulting in recalls and litigation,
according to Gilman Law LLP. These controversies have included vehicles
prone to unintended acceleration, an expanded recall of 5 million faulty
airbags, and brake safety problems. Just last month, Toyota acknowledged
dangerous corrosion problems affecting many of its Tacoma, Tundra and
Sequoia sport utility vehicles. Days later, the Company announced a
recall for 2016 Toyota Sienna minivans because the sliding doors could
open while the vehicle is moving.

“The never-ending safety controversies affecting Toyota vehicles are bad
enough on their own. However, the company’s treatment of consumers makes
these issues even worse,” says Ken Gilman, founding partner at Gilman
Law LLP. “For example, a $3 billion settlement recently announced by
Toyota to resolve this massive corrosion problem falls far short of what
is required.”

Toyota Corrosion Settlement

On November 9th, 2016, Toyota announced a $3.4 billion
settlement after many of its Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia sport utility
vehicles were found to lack adequate rust protection, resulting in
premature corrosion. While the settlement covers 1.5 million vehicles,
it only applies to Toyota Tacoma trucks from model years 2005 to 2010,
Tundras from 2007 to 2008 and Sequoias from 2005 to 2008. The agreement
fails to compensate owners and prior owners of Tundras except for years
2007 – 2008 and no other affected years. It also fails to compensate
owners for many years of affected Tacoma and Sequoia vehicles.

“Owners should seek a review of their claims for compensation relating
to corroded frames and other major corrosion issues which they have
experienced,” Mr. Gilman says. “Tundra, Tacoma and Sequoia vehicles have
experienced severe frame and other corrosion issues that may impact the
structural integrity of the vehicles. Affected consumers are urged to
seek a review of their claims.”

Recent Toyota Recalls

On October 12, 2016, Toyota announced a recall for 340,000 Toyota Prius
sedans due to a potentially deadly brake defect. The recall affects
92,000 2016 and 2017 models sold in the U.S. The company also
acknowledged receiving reports of crashes, injuries and deaths that
could be related to this issue. There is a possibility that the parking
brake on the affected vehicles could become inoperative. If this occurs
and the driver exits the vehicle with the transmission in a gear other
than “Park” while the ignition is on, the vehicle could roll away,
increasing the risk of a crash.

On November 22, 2016, Toyota recalled 744,000 Model Year 2011 – 2016
Toyota Sienna minivans because the sliding doors could open while the
vehicle is moving. Toyota still does not have a remedy to fix the

Gilman Law LLP represents the legal interests of consumers who suffered
losses due to defective vehicles. If you purchased, owned, or leased a
Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, Sequoia, Sienna or Prius and would like to learn
more about the legal options available to you, please contact Gilman Law
at (888)252-0048,


Gilman Law
Kenneth Gilman, 888-252-0048