JACKSON, Miss.--If you got huirt or your vehicle got damaged because of Toyota's faulty safety procedures that ended up with some cars having unintended acceleration, you might have money coming. The Magnolia State joined 29 others in a $29 million settlement that also forced Toyota to reorganize some of the company to prevent future mega safety fails.
The settlement amount for Mississippi is $561,288.60. That's for restitution for Toyota's failure to tell the public about acceleration pedal problems in a timely manner, according to Atty. Gen. Jim Hood. He released a statement Monday that said Toyota will now be prevented from advertising the safety of vehicles without "sound engineering data" to back it up.
"Our investigation led us to determine poor communication between Toyota’s nerve center in Japan and Toyota’s United States holdings were partially responsible for Toyota’s failure to report known safety issues in a timely manner," said Hood.
The rest of the settlement and how you can see if you are entitled to restitution in this press release:
During the settlement negotiations, the attorneys general placed emphasis on ensuring changes in the corporate culture and corporate chain of command to enhance Toyota’s responsiveness to regulatory agencies in the United States. As a result, Toyota has agreed to significantly change the safety culture within the company’s United States operations. Toyota will ensure that officials and officers of its United States operations have timely access to information and the authority to fully participate in all decisions affecting the safe operation of Toyota vehicles advertised and sold in the United States. The requested culture and chain of command changes will also improve safety issue related communication between Toyota’s holdings in the United States and Toyota’s other global holdings.
In addition, the settlement provides that Toyota is:
• Prohibited from reselling a vehicle it reacquired with alleged safety defects without informing the purchaser about the alleged defect(s) and certifying that the reacquired vehicle has been fixed,
• Prohibited from misrepresenting the purpose of an inspection or repair when directing consumers to bring their vehicles to a dealer for inspection or repair, and
• Required to exclude from the “Toyota Certified Used Vehicles” or “Lexus Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles” categories any vehicle acquired through lemon law proceedings or voluntarily repurchased by Toyota to ensure customer satisfaction.