Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Courage to Uncover TOYOTA's lies......

Betsy Benjaminson uncovered the tangled web of lies contained in TOYOTA's own documents, dispelling  TOYOTA's public denials.....

Ms. Benjaminson paid a steep personal price for DOING THE RIGHT THING and saving lives!

We will never know the injuries and lives saved because of Ms. Benjaminson's heroism...what we do know is what TOYOTA destroyed.....

Below is an interview on Israeli television, Ms Benjaminson's comments are in English:

Consumers owe a great debt to Ms. Benjaminson for her conscience and her courage in stepping forward and revealing TOYOTA's lies.

TOYOTA Egos & Cow Manure

TOYOTA and ROUTE 44 TOYOTA have an amazing GAGGLE of ATTORNEYS ......

well....maybe it's this......

...defending against the LEMON LADY.......

..wouldn't you think their BRILLIANCE would be DAZZLING?


.....they generate paperwork no one will read.

Wouldn't ya think someone would catch on?

Can't wait to see the next act!


INTERROGATION to continue....?

Not content with 2 days INTERROGATING the LEMON LADY......


....apparently needs a road trip.....

...and has scheduled a court thingey for next week.....

Of particular note will be WHO and HOW MANY appear....

....since it does seem that the LEMON LADY has more attorneys fighting her than O.J. Simpson and Whitey Bulger combined......

Will MR. ALBANY have his hair cut?

When DEEP POCKETED clients pay the bill.....THE DILLY, DALLY, DELAY, STALL & BILL 'EM TOYOTA GANG have nothing better to do than scrutinize the LEMON LADY's blogs & facebook page....

Wouldn't you love to review those LEGAL BILLS?

TOYOTA's criminal conduct that injured and killed so many is about to cost a bundle.

Here are a few recent posts [scrutinize away!]:

Toyota May Pay $1 Billion To Settle Unintentional Accelerations Claims

Protecting TOYOTA's Negligence & Criminal Conduct

NHTSA: Toyota Hybrid & Toyota Lexus Recalls

Toyota recalling 1.9 million Prius cars

TOYOTA Lies and Media Cover Up
Mr. Albany, Formerly Mr. Toyota U.S.A.

NEWS BLACKOUT re bugs in Toyota's software causing sudden unintended acceleration

Monday, February 24, 2014

Toyota May Pay $1 Billion To Settle Unintentional Accelerations Claims

Toyota May Pay $1 Billion To Settle Unintentional Accelerations Claims
by Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch Blog
February 17th, 2014

Crashed Lexus. Photo: minds-eye. Used under Creative Commons license
Toyota is expected to announce a billion dollar settlement with the U.S. government for failing to disclose complaints by drivers that its cars were accelerating unintentionally. News of the negotiations were reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The issue first hit the deadlines when Mark Saylor, an off duty police officer, was killed together with his family when his car failed to slow down on a highway in San Diego in 2009. The details of his final moments were captured in a phone call that he made to emergency services.

Auto-safety advocates called for criminal charges against Toyota after 34 deaths and hundreds of injuries were documented from sudden acceleration. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors in the New York district attorney’s office began investigating the company in 2010.

“If Toyota had been an honorable company and recalled the defective vehicles when it first learned of the problems in 2003/2004, or perhaps even earlier, and taken steps to redesign subsequent production, many of the resulting deaths and injuries would not have occurred,” Joan Claybrook, the former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told a hearing in the U.S. Congress in 2010.

“Now the only remedy for the families of these Toyota victims is a product liability lawsuit and payment by Toyota for the death — a few dollars for each precious life,” she added.

An NHTSA investigation published in 2011 has failed to determine the cause of the unintentional acceleration.
The company continues to deny that its products are at fault. "In the nearly four years since this inquiry began, we've made fundamental changes to become more responsive and customer focused, and we're committed to continue to improve," Julie Hamp, a Toyota spokeswoman, told reporters in an emailed statement. "Toyota continues to cooperate with the U.S. attorney's office in this matter."

Just last week Toyota recalled 1.9 million Prius vehicles after discovering a programming error that could cause their gas-electric hybrid systems to shut down. The company has recalled five million cars a year for the last two years to fix problems.

Critics of the agreement say that the federal government is allowing companies to buy their way out of criminal prosecution, noting that multi-billion dollar settlements have become the normal way to deal with criminal charges.

“Regulators, prosecutors and attorneys general have learned a valuable lesson from their private counterparts, class-action attorneys. Build a big enough case, and the target company will settle,” writes Daniel Fisher at Forbes, noting that company’s cannot afford to take the risk of being judged by a jury. “There’s a problem when government officials adopt this sort of regulation, however. It invites corruption of its own.”

Fisher points to the complex $246 billion settlement that the major tobacco companies negotiated to pay over a 25 year period with the attorney generals of over 40 U.S. states in 1997, following which the companies made a $100 million donation to the National Association of Attorney Generals.

Economists also calculated at the time that the settlement also virtually guaranteed that the tobacco industry would actually increase their profits.

Over a dozen years later, a study by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids showed that the money paid out by the tobacco companies - $25.7 billion in 2013 – was hardly making a major dent in the finanical cost of cigarette smoking in the U.S. which were estimated at $193 billion a year, including $96 billion in health care costs.

Global profits for the industry in 2012 were estimated at some $35.1 billion on sales of close to $500 billion for the year.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Protecting TOYOTA's Negligence & Criminal Conduct

When the LEMON LADY bought the TOYOTA LEMON from ROUTE 44 TOYOTA, who ever thought such a cover-up of defective products and software would be revealed?

All they had to do was fix my car before it was discovered to be MORE THAN A LEMON!

Who can drive a LEMON TOYOTA with NO BRAKES? Yet, every day, Americans are forced to drive TOYOTAs that are unacceptable - TOYOTAs that accelerate, TOYOTAs with AIR BAGS that fail to protect, HEADLIGHTS that don't work, WINDOWS with NIGHT TIME GHOSTNG.....

Let's never forget: The COSTS of TOYOTA's lies and defective products has been injuries and deaths of innocents.

Beware of Toyota. Their next victim may be YOU... offered this newest entry about TOYOTA's cover up:

Software-related recalls, police-state press, federal criminal investigation being bought off

No wonder renowned software expert Michael Barr found bugs in Toyota's software causing sudden unintended acceleration. Toyota's latest recalls involve defective software in the Prius, RAV4, Tacoma, and Lexus RX350. Some of the software issues affect anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control. Meanwhile, Toyota is in talks with NHTSA regarding another recall involving computer-related brake problems in Camry Hybrids. Software glitches galore. Whew.

Friday, February 14, 2014

NHTSA: Toyota Hybrid & Toyota Lexus Recalls

Below are the RECALL notices from NHTSA.

Check this out as well:

What you aren't supposed to know about Toyota's software (and hardware) causing sudden unintended acceleration

TOYOTA has fought, lied, denied and obstructed instead of correcting their problems.

TOYOTA injured and killed innocent people, wiped out families instead of correcting problems they were fully aware of.

Please click on the following NHTSA Campaign ID links to view the recall information.
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V053
Manufacturer : Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Make / Model Years : TOYOTA / 2010-2014
Subject : Inverter Failure may cause Hybrid Vehicle to Stall

Thank you,

Recalls Subscription Team
Office of Defects Investigation (ODI)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Please click on the following NHTSA Campaign ID links to view the recall information.
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 14V054
Manufacturer : Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing
Make / Model Years : LEXUS / 2012-2013
TOYOTA / 2012-2013
Subject : Brake Actuator Assembly may Disable ESC and ABS

Thank you,

Recalls Subscription Team
Office of Defects Investigation (ODI)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Toyota recalling 1.9 million Prius cars

The RECALL details are not currently posted on the NHTSA web site.

Toyota recalling 1.9 million Prius cars

Monday, February 10, 2014

TOYOTA Lies and Media Cover Up

Documents from TOYOTA indicate that TOYOTA was fully aware of the SOFTWARE and HARDWARE problems that caused SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION in 2002, yet refused to correct it.

[See Toyota allowed people to die]

TOYOTA continued to produce vehicles that INJURED or KILLED innocent victims!

Bulletin: Feds probe deadly Toyota crash in NH that killed Harvard professor, 3 others 

“The settlement is for people who suffered an economic loss, but we lost human beings — husbands, fathers, daughters,” said Colleen Krause whose husband, Stephen, was killed in 2009 when a speeding Toyota Highlander crossed the center line on Route 202 in New Hampshire and hit his rented Chevrolet head-on. “It’s good news, but it doesn’t bring back my husband.”

The driver of the Highlander, Harvard biostatistics professor Stephen Lagakos, also died in the crash, along with his wife and mother, who were passengers in his vehicle.

Betsy Benjaminson heroically stepped forward, exposing TOYOTA's LIES and COVER-UP:

Behind the scenes, Toyota played hardball with critics. A public relations manager named Masami Doi had spelled out the approach in a December email. "There are at most around 10 people who are the sources of negative tone communications. If they can be suppressed, I think we will be able to manage it somehow. Like you said, let's go with an intention of destroying each individual person's ability to oppose us, one by one…."
– David Hechler, Is Toyota Telling The Truth About Sudden Acceleration (emphasis supplied)

According to this story, some of the NASA scientists who worked on the February 2011 report that DOT Secretary Ray LaHood proclaimed an exoneration of Toyota electronics were so disturbed by the way they were forced to “investigate,” they refused to sign the final product.

Ya gotta love this horse manure being spread by the media:

The Japanese company has maintained the electronic throttle control system was not at fault, blaming ill-fitting floor mats and sticky gas pedals.

Toyota in Talks on Final Settlements Over Car Recalls

Toyota is moving to resolve the last major legal issues related to the unintended acceleration of its vehicles, which has already cost it billions of dollars and prompted the recall of millions of cars in 2009 and 2010.
In one case, Toyota is nearing a deal with the Justice Department to settle a criminal investigation over the way the automaker disclosed complaints stemming from the sudden acceleration of its vehicles, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.
The discussions, with the criminal division of the United States attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, are the culmination of a roughly four-year investigation.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is also involved, focusing on whether Toyota fully disclosed the potential financial impact of the vehicle problems.
The news of the possible deal was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Toyota officials on Sunday said that no agreement had been reached, but that a settlement was one of the final hurdles the automaker must clear as it strove to put its prolonged legal troubles in the past.
“Toyota continues to cooperate with the U.S. attorney’s office in this matter,” said Carly Schaffner, a spokeswoman. “In the nearly four years since this inquiry began, we have made fundamental changes to become a more responsive and customer-focused organization, and we are committed to continued improvements.”
Separately, Toyota is in talks to settle hundreds of state and federal lawsuits filed against it claiming wrongful death and personal injury. The automaker announced in December it was entering negotiations to settle the lawsuits, two months after it lost a landmark case in an Oklahoma court.
The jury in that case found that a Toyota Camry’s electronic throttle system was defective in a 2005 crash that killed one woman and injured another.
The defeat came after Toyota won its first three sudden-acceleration trials, and analysts said that the losing verdict was the catalyst for Toyota to pursue a settlement of its remaining cases.
A lawyer involved in the settlement talks, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said that of the 400 or so cases remaining, “a significant number have been settled,” with the remainder to be negotiated in February and March. The ones not settled will go to mediation in April and May, the lawyer said.
Toyota’s efforts to resolve its legal issues come as the automaker says it expects to reach record profits this year in an increasingly competitive automotive landscape, said Alec Gutierrez, senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book.
“While Toyota’s quality was once unquestioned, they now face renewed competition from the domestics, Koreans and their traditional Japanese counterparts that now produce vehicles of similar or arguably superior quality for the money,” Mr. Gutierrez said.
Industry watchers said the protracted timeline of Toyota’s sudden-acceleration troubles and legal issues continued to create negative publicity.
A settlement with the Justice Department could exacerbate Toyota’s struggles to settle its remaining cases and would be “another reminder of the earlier difficulties that tarnished its reputation,” said Carl W. Tobias, a professor who specializes in product liability at the University of Richmond School of Law.
The publicity surrounding a settlement “will increase the pressure on Toyota to settle the wrongful death and personal injury cases for more than Toyota might have paid, had it settled those claims earlier,” he said.
Last week, the automaker said it would stop selling certain models of its cars in response to claims that nearly 30,000 new Toyotas were equipped with faulty or malfunctioning heated seats.
“It is striking how every time that Toyota seems to be emerging from its sudden-acceleration problems stretching back more than five years, some new difficulty appears,” Mr. Tobias said.

Toyota Nears $1 Billion Deal to End Probe

Auto Maker, U.S. Prosecutor in Talks to Settle Investigation Involving Recall Disclosures

They are also looking into possible mail and wire fraud violations connected to those allegedly false disclosures, these people said. It is a federal crime to make false statements to a government agency.
A settlement that tops $1 billion would be one of the largest government fines ever extracted from an auto maker.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to discuss the specifics of any pending settlement.
"This is a landmark case because the auto industry has bobbed and weaved and done everything possible to avoid criminal sanctions forever," said Joan Claybrook, who led NHTSA from 1977 to 1981.
In February 2010, NHTSA said the agency had confirmed that five people in two incidents had died as a result of accidents involving claims of unwanted acceleration.
In the ensuing three years, Toyota was fined four times by NHTSA for a total of $66.2 million for failing to report safety defects to the government in a timely manner. Three of those fines were related to issues concerning unwanted acceleration.
Toyota said in November 2013 that it had received two subpoenas each from the Securities and Exchange Commission and Manhattan federal prosecutors in February and June 2010 related to "unintended acceleration and certain financial records," according to regulatory filings. Toyota also disclosed investigators interviewed Toyota and non-Toyota witnesses and said it was cooperating with officials.
The status of the SEC investigation is unclear. A spokesman for the SEC declined to comment. A spokesman for NHTSA referred questions to the Justice Department and declined to comment.
Toyota stepped up efforts to resolve outstanding claims related to the issue after it lost a wrongful-death civil case in Oklahoma last October. That verdict was seen by legal observers on both sides of the battle as complicating Toyota's legal prospects in future cases.
The auto maker moved overnight to settle that suit for an undisclosed amount after the jury ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, but before they could award punitive damages.
After the Oklahoma trial, Toyota entered into talks to settle the outstanding personal injury and wrongful death suits stemming from unwanted acceleration issues, according to attorneys involved in the litigation. Those talks are continuing, these people say.
Prosecutors' settlement with Toyota is expected to include a criminal deferred prosecution agreement with the car maker, according to several people familiar with the negotiations.
The precise terms of the agreement that is being considered with Toyota are unclear, but such agreements generally place a company facing prosecution under probation for a set number of years, during which time the company has to fulfill certain compliance obligations to avoid criminal charges.
Prosecutors have increasingly turned to such agreements in recent years as a means of forcing companies to accept responsibility while avoiding the potentially crippling consequences of federal criminal convictions.
In taking on Toyota, prosecutors are going after an industry that watchdog groups have long complained is given too free a ride from regulators and from legal scrutiny for safety issues.
Toyota has made structural changes to the company and says it has installed new quality control measures as part of its response to the crisis. It brought outsiders onto its board for the first time including the first ever American.
Toyota close to $1 billion deal to settle U.S. probe: WSJ

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Mr. Albany, Formerly Mr. Toyota U.S.A.

Guess Mr. Albany Toyota's kinda Hopping Mad!

Mr. Albany Attorney, formerly Mr. Toyota U.S.A., but now .....

hmmmm....Is he Mr. Albany Route 44 Toyota? Very confusing!

You must remember....the attorney who can't afford haircuts?

The same one who proclaimed the LEMON LADY was handing out flyers on the Cape.....

'cause he didn't know where Cape Cod was.....

Who showed this map to the KING OF CONFLICT [AKA MR. ALBANY WHATEVER]?
Now he believes everything SOUTH of the Mass Pike is Cape Cod!


OR THIS......

There's this COURT THINGEY on February 12th, Wednesday.....

....Mr. Albany who represents whomever SENT OVERNIGHT enough paper to gag......killing more forests....

If Mr. Albany is charging by the pound, maybe he's in the wrong business.....

...representing another INCOMPLETE MOTION......


.....remember that last time....threw his little hissy fit months ago, insisting on an ORDER TO COMPEL the LEMON LADY to provide her deposition.......

THE LEMON LADY DUTIFULLY complied.....the judge approved.....

....and Mr. Albany wanted to AMEND the schedule claiming an emotional disability that he couldn't sleep in a STRANGE BED....

...when truth be told......

Mr. Albany wouldn't have been paid for his time if he stayed overnight in Plymouth.....

Mr. Albany waits until the week before the next court THINGEY, buries everyone in incomplete paperwork the week before.....

...included in the incomplete MOTION, is again a demand that the LEMON LADY pay MR. ALBANY's inflated bills.....

Wouldn't the LEMON LADY  LOVE to review the charges submitted to TOYOTA U.S.A./their insurance company.....

It would be mighty interesting to see if MR. ALBANY charged TOYOTA U.S.A. et al for the INCOMPLETE MOTION....was it 3 wasted trips from ALBANY for Mr. Albany to defend his legal error? ...Oh! And the time for Ms. Albany.....

When a client has DEEP POCKETS, guess it doesn't matter!

When the LEMON LADY's attorney requested a delay to digest the volume, Mr. Albany sputtered....

Looks like another ALBANY SHUFFLE to increase billable hours ......

[Maybe it just means Mr. Albany got his hair cut again.]

You might want to take a look at:

Beware of Toyota. Their next victim may be YOU...

I especially appreciate:

There provide a smattering of background:

On being important....
The TOYOTA Pattern! The Human Toll
Route 44 Toyota's Snoozey Dooze.....

"Two million blogs will do nothing !"

Happy Thanksgiving, TOYOTA!  

TOYOTA: Did you think I would go away?

Wild Accusations!

Recalcitrant? Legal obligations? Secretive?

Did you hear about the most recent TOYOTA BRAKE FAILURES?

Toyota flunks again! Who will they blame? Another NHTSA CoverUp?