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NC to get share of $29M Toyota settlement

Posted February 14, 2013

— North Carolina is among 30 states that will share a $29 million settlement with Toyota over allegations that the car maker concealed safety issues related to acceleration, state Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Thursday.

The state will receive $809,766 of the settlement, along with restitution and incentives to vehicle owners to encourage them to comply with safety recalls. Under the settlement, Toyota is restricted from advertising its cars’ safety without engineering data to back up the claims.

The settlement is the result of a multistate investigation launched in 2009 after consumers reported their Toyotas suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated. Cooper and other state attorneys general alleged that Toyota failed to disclose known safety problems with accelerator pedals.

“People expect their cars to get them where they need to go safely, and car makers have a responsibility to be upfront with drivers about safety issues and recalls,” Cooper said. “This settlement helps ensure that consumers will get better safety information about their cars faster in the future.”

Under the settlement, Toyota is prohibited from reselling a vehicle that has alleged safety defects without informing the buyer and certifying the problems have been fixed.

The company also is prohibited from misrepresenting the purpose of an inspection or repair when directing drivers to bring in their possibly defective vehicles, and it cannot label vehicles that have been voluntarily repurchased or acquired through lemon law as “certified pre-owned.”

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  • Mad Dawg Feb 15, 2:19 p.m.

    "The state will receive $809,766 of the settlement.."

    I wonder how much the state spent pursuing this action? My guess would be the same amount if not more than what the state is expected to get.

  • jockeyshiftspringer Feb 15, 2:13 p.m.

    Same here rebel, just wondering why WRAL won't ask Cooper or disclose where the money is going. Come on WRAL, finish the story for the public.

  • superman Feb 15, 10:45 a.m.

    It is going in the same place that all that cigarette money went. Absolutely no help for the people who were actually harmed or damaged.

  • Scubagirl Feb 15, 9:13 a.m.

    I'm with Rebelyell55-where is the money actually going? I'm also not clear on why the STATE gets money and not just the owners of the vehicles. How was the state harmed?

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 15, 8:39 a.m.

    Nice Job, AG , but not really clear on where the money is going.

  • Tug Boat II Feb 14, 7:52 p.m.

    Why doesn’t the government go after domestic auto makers for the same problems? I never received a check nor did Raleigh receive a check for the exploding gas tanks that GM put into pickup trucks knowingly. It was all politics, pure and simple.

  • Terkel Feb 14, 6:32 p.m.

    Good job, AG Cooper!

  • Nancy Feb 14, 4:51 p.m.

    Has GM ever been made to do the same with all their safety recalls? I don't recall ever reading about one.