Toyota, the renowned global vehicle brand headquartered in Japan, has reached a significant agreement to settle claims related to defective air bag control units in some of its vehicle models. The settlement, totaling $78.5 million, aims to address concerns about malfunctioning air bag control units that could lead to issues during accidents.
Owners and lessees of specific Toyota models, including the 2011-2019 Toyota Corolla, 2011-2013 Toyota Corolla Matrix, 2012-2018 Toyota Avalon, 2013-2018 Toyota Avalon HV, 2012-2019 Toyota Tacoma, 2012-2017 Toyota Tundra, and 2012-2017 Toyota Sequoia, stand to benefit from this settlement. To verify eligibility, drivers can easily check their vehicle’s VIN on the dedicated settlement website.
The settlement doesn’t imply any admission of guilt by Toyota, but rather serves as a resolution to a class action lawsuit related to the air bag defects. The alleged malfunctioning of these components, particularly during collisions, could result in the failure of air bag deployment.
Under the terms of the settlement, eligible class members have the opportunity to receive reimbursement for expenses incurred due to vehicle recalls associated with the air bag issues. For those whose vehicles weren’t subject to a recall, there’s a potential to receive up to $250 through a residual distribution payment, contingent on available funds after recall-related reimbursements.
In addition to these financial aspects, the settlement encompasses a comprehensive inspection program, an extended warranty for new parts, and an outreach initiative targeted at recalled vehicles. The deadline for exclusion and objection is set for October 20, 2023, while the final approval hearing for the settlement is scheduled for November 16, 2023.
To access the benefits of this settlement, class members are required to submit valid claim forms by the specified deadline. While the exact claim deadline remains to be determined, claims will be due to the settlement administrator no earlier than December 16, 2026.
Current and former owners and lessees of the following Toyota vehicle models:
- 2011-2019 Toyota Corolla
- 2011–2013 Toyota Corolla Matrix
- 2012–2018 Toyota Avalon
- 2013–2018 Toyota Avalon HV
- 2012–2019 Toyota Tacoma
- 2012–2017 Toyota Tundra
- 2012–2017 Toyota Sequoia
Potential Award: Varies
Proof of Purchase: Documentation of out-of-pocket expenses
The settlement process comes under the case name “In re: ZF-TRW Air Bag Control Units Product Liability Litigation” (Case No. 2:19-ml-02905-JAK-MRW), in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
For further information and to file a claim, visit the official settlement website: AirBagControlUnitSettlement.com
If you have questions or need assistance, you can contact the Claims Administrator at:
Remember, submitting a claim is done under penalty of perjury, and making fraudulent claims may harm other eligible class members. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, review the FAQ section on the Settlement Administrator’s website. If you don’t qualify for this settlement, you can explore other open class action settlements you might be eligible for.
Claim Form Deadline: December 16, 2026
Final Hearing: November 16, 2023
Disclaimer: This information is provided for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Please refer to official sources and legal experts for accurate and up-to-date guidance.*