Toyota Faces First Consumer Fraud Lawsuit in Kentucky

February 11, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ As the class-action lawsuits begin to stream in against Toyota, one lawsuit in Kentucky is going as far as alleging consumer fraud.

According to a story in the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, a class-action lawsuit was filed Tuesday that accuses Toyota of knowingly concealing defective, dangerous accelerator systems for years. The Herald-Leader says that the Kentucky suit may be the first to allege racketeering, mail fraud and wire fraud, based on Toyota’s representation that the cars were safe.

The suit names Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky., assembly plant — Toyota’s largest in North America — as defendant because it builds the engines and powertrain components that are allegedly subject to acceleration problems.

Toyota is also facing a securities fraud lawsuit in California.

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