Toyota Can't Put The Brakes On Steering Defect Suit
By Kurt Orzeck
Law360, Los Angeles (July 18, 2013, 9:40 PM ET) -- A California federal judge refused Thursday to dismiss class action claims accusing Toyota Motor Corp. of breaking state laws over competition and consumer protection with an electric power steering system defect in the 2009 and 2010 models of its Corolla and Matrix vehicles.
The plaintiffs, representing car owners, alleged that the steering defect caused the vehicles to drift out of the driver's control, a safety problem of which Toyota was aware and didn't remedy. The defendant claimed the plaintiffs didn't provide specifics showing that the car...