Toyota is being sued and it could potentially affect 250,000 owners.
Japanese motoring giant and manufacturer of Australia’s top selling vehicle, Toyota, are facing a major class action lawsuit surrounding claims they were misleading customers about a defect they’ve been aware of since 2016.
It is estimated that around 250,000 vehicles could be effected with legal firm Bannister Law filing a class action suit against Toyota in the Australian Federal Court.
The class action suit claims that certain models of Toyota Hilux’s, Prado’s and Fortuner’s purchased from 2015 that are fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) are defective and that Toyota has failed to meet quality levels that are acceptable under Australian consumer law.
What’s a DPF?
A DPF is a diesel particulate filter, located in the exhaust system and is designed to capture small soot particles to stop them entering the atmosphere. These particulates are burnt off periodically with an automated process called regeneration, in other words, emptying the filter. If this emptying isn’t automatically occurring and the DPF becomes blocked, numerous engine issues can arise.
Australia’s most popular car since 2016, the Toyota Hilux.
The claim suggests that the DPFs on the affected models are failing and is seeking compensation for loss and damage, including the loss of value for the vehicles, the costs of servicing and repairs and the excess fuel consumption.
Toyota is obviously remaining tight lipped due to the legal proceedings now in place, but they did issue a brief statement –
“Toyota Australia is unable to comment as this matter is before the courts,” it said in a statement. “We encourage any Toyota owners with questions or concerns about their DPF to contact their closest/preferred Toyota Dealer (https://www.toyota.com.au/find-a-dealer) or the Guest Experience Centre on 1800 869 682 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm AEST).”
The popular Toyota Prado is also part of the class action.
If you’re unsure if your vehicle is effected contact your nearest Toyota dealership and for more information on the law suit, visit the Bannister Law website:
All of our BuddyBuyers that have purchased Toyota’s within this time period have been notified of the class action suit and we have decided that we are still going to go full steam ahead with future Toyota group buys, as the issue has been rectified in the newer models.