The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 14, 2013

UPDATE: Alabama gets $641,995 in Toyota settlement over accelerating vehicles

MONTGOMERY — Alabama will receive $641,995 for consumer purposes in a settlement with Toyota over vehicles that unintentionally accelerated.

Attorney General Luther Strange announced today that Alabama joined 29 other states in announcing a $29 million settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. and its related North America entities over allegations that Toyota concealed safety issues related to unintended acceleration.

Toyota has also agreed to provide additional restitution and incentives to vehicle owners to promote compliance with unintended acceleration safety recalls. The company will alsoo be restricted from advertising the safety of vehicles without sound engineering data to back such safety claims.

“Resolving this inquiry is another step we are taking to turn the page on legacy issues from Toyota’s past recalls in a way that benefits our customers," said Christopher Reynolds, group vice president and general counsel of Toyota Motor Sales and chief legal officer of Toyota Motor North America.  "Immediately after this inquiry was launched in 2010, Toyota began cooperating fully with the attorneys general and implementing customer-first initiatives to address their concerns and those of our customers."