Toyota Can't Arbitrate Prius Stalling Defect Suit, Judge Says

Law360 (October 21, 2020, 6:55 PM EDT) -- Toyota must continue to fight in court all of a proposed consumer class action that claims its hybrid Prius cars were prone to stalling, a California federal judge ruled Tuesday, shutting down the automaker's bid to have the claims from two plaintiffs pushed to arbitration.

The consumers are alleging that Toyota hid the stalling problems in its 2010-2014 Priuses despite a history of safety problems in hybrid cars, including in earlier models of Highlander SUV hybrids, according to their February 2018 complaint.

Toyota had argued that three of the seven remaining plaintiffs signed lease and purchase agreements with valid arbitration clauses...

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