Calif., Conn. Prosecutors Join In Frenzy Against Toyota

Law360, New York (March 12, 2010, 5:59 PM EST) -- Government prosecutors have hit Toyota Motor Corp., already facing dozens of class actions associated with a spate of safety recalls, with a civil suit in California and an investigation in Connecticut.

The suit, announced Friday by the Orange County District Attorney's Office, alleges the car company's U.S. sales arm, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., knowingly sold and leased hundreds of thousands of cars and trucks with defects that cause sudden unexpected and uncontrollable acceleration.

Moreover, Toyota continues to sell defective vehicles to Californians without fixing the...
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