Toyota has argued that the multidistrict lawsuit against it should be dismissed because the plaintiffs have never identified any actual defect in Toyota’s Electronic Throttle Control System (ETCS-i).
“Toyota is confident that its cars provide safe, reliable transportation and that the plaintiffs have no credible claims of loss or defect,” said Cari K. Dawson, an attorney for Toyota. “More than a year after filing their first complaint, plaintiffs have not identified a defect and are grasping at straws to make their case. Although the plaintiffs have recently filed a new complaint that attempts to remedy deficiencies in their earlier claims, this new complaint offers no more support for their positions and contains a number of inaccuracies and mischaracterizations.”
According to the release, Toyota will have another opportunity to present its position in response to the plaintiff’s most recent amended complaint, filed last week.
“Toyota looks forward to the time when plaintiffs will finally be compelled to specify exactly what is defective in Toyota’s Electronic Throttle Control System,” Ms. Dawson said. “That will have to be backed up by scientifically reliable, admissible proof of a defect as opposed to the speculative statements of counsel at the pleadings stage.“
Throughout the period, Toyota has been making exhaustive technical investigations which also included services by third parties but found no evidence of any defect in Toyota’s Electronic Throttle Control System that could cause unintended acceleration. The release further says Toyota is confident that additional independent scientific investigations currently underway will further demonstrate the safety of its vehicles.