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mastermariner

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:39:54 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As Toyota Motor Corp. chips away at settling lawsuits claiming its vehicles suddenly accelerate, the question remains whether attorneys who sued could prove to a jury there was a design flaw.
The company maintains stuck accelerator pedals, faulty floor mats and driver error are the reasons for vehicles unexpectedly surging, while plaintiffs' attorneys contend Toyota's electronic throttle control system is to blame.
Recent settlements totaling more than $1 billion by Toyota to resolve numerous lawsuits involving economic loss and a few involving wrongful death claims may signal that the automaker doesn't want to risk coming out on the losing end of a potentially costly court decision.

"A bad loss in a jury trial would inflict lasting damage to Toyota in loss of public
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DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 12:54:15 AM

it's all about the money
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sciotosix
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 5:05:51 PM

Sounds like Toyota is more worried about "buying" loyalty.
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Amplion
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 12:11:30 AM

Those who build UNSAFE LEAN LINE LEMONS will need a good size legal staff !!!
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:26:22 PM

They are still selling well.
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LostInNY
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:25:03 PM

just pay and be done with it
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cmgodwin
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:22:26 PM

A big loss would definitely hurt their image
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amerk73
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:10:24 PM

they don't know what they can do
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:14:07 PM

Toyota is paying for their problems.
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rasprout
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:14:04 PM

They should have recognized the problems when they began instead of covering it up and not fixing it.
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Jeff1944
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:01:44 PM

Since Toyota for years ignored information requests from the plaintiff' attorneys, Toyota top officials who made those decisions should go to prison just like the Madoff and Enron officials.
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:55:25 PM

I had a problem on an 88 Mazda pickup. Taking it out of gear allowed me to get safely off the road.
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rcornel
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 8:22:32 PM

Interesting....
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1momsunshine
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 8:01:48 PM

ok
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mike56MI
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 7:01:45 PM

OK
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leemun
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 6:52:32 PM

Just a huge legal scam by phony plaintiffs. Kind of like suing Budweiser because you were drunk and got in an accident. Settling is not an admission of anything, it's just cheaper to settle than battle it out in court, where the big winners are the lawyers.
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 4:24:08 PM

There needs to be a physical off switch.
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Straitliner
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 4:11:56 PM

Driver error, means buying one in the first place.
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coughlin
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 3:36:31 PM

It was cheaper to settle.
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tnfran
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 3:11:32 PM

This a good reason I think why ignition keys instead of "start buttons" should be in cars. Case in point - can a vehicle be shut down if an accelerator gets stuck when there is no key to turn off.
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Wally3023
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 3:01:29 PM

Deep pockets will lose every time.
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skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 2:04:25 PM

see what happens when you try to cut corners.
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Zing20
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:54:47 PM

I don't buy Toyota's argument, they settle because they know they'd lose in court.
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gumbyrex
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:22:38 PM

In the end, who ultimately bears the cost?
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bluetruck54
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:59:04 AM

strategy = law suit
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:56:07 AM

Hmmm???
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FortVancouver01
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:48:04 AM

I just find it interesting that my Ford had the same problem 20 years ago and there were no jury trials or law suits, not even a recall.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:38:33 AM

Interesting
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Ticoman54
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:36:20 AM

"A bad loss in a jury trial would inflict lasting damage to Toyota in loss of public confidence."

In my opinion, Toyota lost my trust when they decided to sweep this issue under the carpet and not take full responsibility. Whether they win any trial is of least concern to me.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:19:17 AM

that must be "pay up and move on"
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bcline909
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:45:53 AM

hmm
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