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Class action accuses Toyota pickup truck and SUVs of faulty diesel particulate filter

Toyota Hilux
Toyota Hilux

Two Australian law firms are suing a multinational automotive manufacturer on behalf of car owners for damage believed to be caused by a defective fuel filter.

Bannister Law Class Actions and Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers are collecting names, contact details and statements from people who own a Toyota Hilux, Prado or Fortuner built between October 2015 and July 2019. Click here for a full list of affected vehicles.

No upfront cost or obligation promised

Information will be used to keep owners up to date about a new class action filed in the Federal Court of Australia against Toyota Motor Corporation Australia for installing allegedly faulty diesel particulate filters (DPF).

QMEB can reveal there is no cost or obligation involved in registering and any compensation offered to owners will already have the legal fee deducted. Click here to register.

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Myriad of mechanical issues reported

The applicant Kenneth John Williams claims, over time, the filter became blocked with particulate matter that prevented the part from removing diesel particulate matter from exhaust fumes from the diesel engine that ended up being released into the atmosphere.

“This, in turn, causes the affected vehicles to experience a myriad of other issues, including decreased power, increased fuel consumption and the emission of excessive white smoke and diesel particulate matter into the atmosphere,” the class action website said. “The affected vehicles experiencing these issues require time consuming and costly repairs, including repeated vehicle servicing and repeated replacement of the DPF in its entirety.”

‘Not durable, reliable and of good quality’

The class action will allege the affected vehicles failed to comply with Australian consumer law that requires manufacturers to built products to an acceptable standard.

“The affected vehicles could not, and did not, deliver the advertised combination of durability, reliability, quality, comfort and convenience, and the DPF system in the affected vehicles was not durable, reliable and of good quality,” the class action website said. “Toyota Australia has engaged in conduct that was misleading or deceptive and, in the circumstances, unconscionable.”

Compensation sought

The class action is seeking compensation for losses and damages including reduced vehicle valuations, increased fuel consumption and both costs and loss of income associated with inspection, servicing and repair.

The legal team estimates the class action could take up to three years to reach settlement.

Queen’s Counsel John Sheahan, Special Counsel Matthew Darke and Barristers Robert White and Patrick Meagher are also on the legal team.

For more information about the class action email toyotaclassaction@bannisterlaw.com.au

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