The day after Toyota announced that it still hasn’t found an electronic cause for unintended acceleration in its vehicles and that UA complaints are down 80%, Consumer Affairs reports that Allstate Insurance filed a $3m suit against the Japanese automaker, claiming it “essentially hid the problem.” The suit, filed in the Southern Californian district court that is hearing all UA-related suits against Toyota alleges
This has resulted in numerous claims of instances of property damage and injuries, including in some instances fatalities
Furthermore, the suit claims that it had to compensate UA-related claims because Toyota hadn’t fitted a brake-override to its vehicles, a feature that is not yet required by law. Toyota is adding brake-override to all of its 2011 models, but claims that Allstate’s charges “have no basis.”
Still, CA reckons other insurance firms are “likely” to follow Allstate’s example and add to the pile of civil suits that is stacking up against Toyota (estimated at as much as $10b in liabilities). And Allstate’s Christina Loznicka tells Moneycontrol
We are expected to be one of several insurance companies that are taking this action
Meanwhile, Toyota’s latest response to UA debacle is to put more Americans in leadership positions in the US, including the lead design spots for new versions of the Venza, Tundra and Avalon.