"Year in Review 2010: Toyota Troubles," December 2010, Cover Story
In January 2010, Toyota began announcing a string of massive recalls that were spurred by reports of accidents and deaths involving malfunctions in its vehicles. A torrent of lawsuits, including the first-ever class action against Toyota, sought compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages for plaintiffs and tarnished the Japanese automaker's reputation. More bad press emerged when Congress subpoenaed former senior in-house counsel Dimitrios Biller, who had been forced to resign in 2007 for voicing concern about internal cover-ups regarding defects.
In late December 2010, news broke that Toyota agreed to pay $10 million to the family of four people killed in an August 2009 crash involving a Lexus ES 350 that had accelerated uncontrollably, crashed and burst into flames. The infamous San Diego wreck was the first associated with the vehicle malfunctions, and it prompted the various Toyota recalls. Among the casualties of the accident were an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and a 13-year-old girl.
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|Title Annotation:||LEGAL UPDATE|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2011|
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