Class Action Filed On Behalf of Owners of 2010-2015 Prius or Prius PHV, 2012-2015 Prius V, 2012-2014 Camry Hybrid, And 2013-2015 Avalon Hybrid Vehicles
Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. is making consumers aware that on April 3, 2020, a class action lawsuit was filed against Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (collectively, “Toyota”) in United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, on behalf of owners and/or lessees of 2010–2015 Prius and Prius PHV, the 2012–2015 Prius V, the 2012–2014 Camry Hybrid, and the 2013–2015 Avalon Hybrid.
According to the class action complaint, the “lawsuit arises because Toyota Motor Corporation and its U.S. distributor, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. . . . know that the braking systems in the [aforementioned] vehicles . . . contain a defect that causes systemic braking system failures. Yet Toyota refuses to repair or replace such defective systems until and unless unsuspecting drivers of [the subject vehicles] actually experience a brake failure—which could obviously result in injuries or even deaths that could otherwise be avoided.”
The complaint alleges that
[t]he brake systems in the [2010–2015 Prius and Prius PHV, 2012–2015 Prius V, 2012–2014 Camry Hybrid, and 2013–2015 Avalon Hybrid] are defective because the brake booster pump assembly can—and with unreasonably frequency does—fail to operate as necessary to ensure the brakes engage when the brake pedal is depressed. The defect endangers drivers, passengers, and other persons and property in the vicinity of an Affected Vehicle at any time that it is in motion. The defect thus renders the Affected Vehicles less safe and less valuable than consumers would reasonably expect and it makes them less safe and less valuable than the Affected Vehicles would be if Toyota did not design and sell the [subject vehicles] with the defect. [Emphasis added.]