A federal court in Australia has found Toyota guilty of selling diesel vehicles with faulty particulate filters. As a result, the company must pay about $1.5 billion to owners of Toyota Hilux, Land Cruiser Prado and Fortuner with 1GD-FTV and 2GD-FTV turbo engines.
There turned out to be 264,170 such vehicles. The plaintiffs wanted Toyota to pay 25 percent compensation, with the court granting claims in part, requiring Toyota to compensate at 17.5 percent of the average retail price. The defective particulate filters were placed on Toyota SUVs and pickup trucks sold in Australia between October 2015o and April 2020.
A federal court ruled that defective particulate filters caused owners of the Hilux, Land Cruiser Prado, and Fortuner to experience increased fuel consumption and white smoke emissions while operating the vehicles. Some owners of the defective vehicles tried in vain to get the vehicles repaired at dealerships; the SUVs were idle, causing the owners to lose income.
The average payout to each car owner will exceed five thousand dollars, although Toyota could still challenge the court’s decision. A Toyota spokesman would not comment on the situation.