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Toyota Sheds Suit Alleging Car Wires Enticed Hungry Rats

Law360 (June 12, 2018, 8:25 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge dismissed Toyota owners' class claims that the automaker sold them vehicles with soy-coated wires that attracted rats, ruling Monday that the alleged damages did not fall under either express or implied warranties.

The car owners had said the soybean-based coating caused rats to gnaw through the electrical wires in the plaintiffs' vehicles and was a standard feature, according to the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford. That made the coating a design defect and therefore not covered by Toyota’s...
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Case Information

Case Title

Albert Heber v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Case Number



California Central

Nature of Suit

Motor Vehicle Prod. Liability


Andrew J. Guilford

Date Filed

August 18, 2016

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