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March 10th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Attorney claims Toyota concealed damaging evidence

(CNN) – A former attorney for Toyota claims the automaker conspired to conceal evidence from the public about safety problems. And he says thousands of company documents he's turned over to Congress will prove it. Our Deb Feyerick has the report.

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  1. Kevin Stouwie

    This story is not about accelerators that stick or that may be defective. It is actually much, much more serious.

    Toyota has violated the rules governing civil procedure and discovery in federal courts all over the country. If a plaintiff files suit alleging a product defect caused a devastating injury or death, one of the most critical pieces of evidence that a judge or jury will need to see is what Toyota knew about the product defect, when they knew it, and what they decided to do, if anything, about the defect. By electing to hide the documents, or say that the documents simply did not exist is a complete fraud upon the courts, and upon the public, not to mention the tremendous harm it may have caused many seriously injured people, or in cases of death, the deceased victim's families.

    I must wonder how many people took less, or received nothing at all, because Toyota committed this fraud. I also must wonder what effect these documents may have in allowing these same people to return to court and ask that a new trial occur so that Toyota may be judged with ALL the evidence in front of the judge or jury, not just the stuff Toyota was okay with them seeing.

    Un Freaking Believable!!!

    March 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  2. ronvandm

    And if Toyota didn't have enough problems! IF these "papers" are found to be factual and accurate then it is time for them to PAY! There is an argument to make about "some" of these incidents as they do sound a little fishy, but ultimately it is the manufacturers responsibility to insure product safety. Today's cars are so hi tech that we get overwhelmed by the "gadgets" that are available. Oil life monitors, tire pressure monitors, air control systems, etc., etc., while nice items, require reset procedures when the light comes on. Some simple, some requiring a visit to the dealer to reset. Have you taken a look "under the hood" at your new engines? Tell me if you can see what looks like a motor. GONE are the days when we can do some maintenance on our vehicles and the manufacture's & dealerships are loving it!

    March 11, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  3. Bill

    One of the things that has bothered me the most about Toyota's problem with car acceleration around the world is; why hasn't it happened in Japan? From what I can find out the same autos manufactured in Japan don't have this problem. In fact, the Japanese people don't have a clue what is being talked over here unless they pick it up on the news. Why is this? Could it be just the Japanese innate disrespect for other nations

    March 11, 2010 at 2:29 am |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    Someone that cannot shift their car into Neutral shouldn't be driving a car and endangering other people on the road.

    Someone that is unable to turn off the ignition in their car, shouldn't have been allowed to turn the ignition in their car ON.

    It certainly takes a measurable amount of time for any brand of Toyota to accelerate from 50 mph to 90 mph. And during that substantial length of time, the complaining drivers couldn't find the time to shift the car into Neutral, nor turn off the Ignition key?

    Many of these cases against Toyota sound like FRAUD. The drivers should have undergone a drug test and a mandatory polygraph exam to assert the real facts on what took place. Their careless driving shouldn't be rewarded by lawsuits against Toyota.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm |