Seven insurance firms have sued Toyota Motor Corp in an attempt to recover money paid to cover crashes they blame on sudden acceleration. The insurers fault the Japanese automaker for failing to equip its cars with an override system that would cause a car to idle if the brake and gas were deployed simultaneously.
They are seeking damages in excess of $230,000 from 14 crashes throughout the US. The lawsuits allege that “certain of Toyota’s cars and trucks have a defect that causes sudden uncontrolled acceleration to speeds of up to 100 mph or more,” the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.
A Toyota spokesman said the latest lawsuits were without merit.