Toyota Soy Wiring

Toyota Soy Wiring Class Action Lawsuit Is Back From the Dead

Toyota soy wiring class-action lawsuit that was dismissed in June 2018 has been resurrected after an appeal. What happened in the original suit and what’s the appeal? 

According to the Toyota soy wiring class-action lawsuit, the use of soybean wiring harnesses draws mice, rats, and other rodents to chew at the wiring rendering the vehicle unsafe.

Which cars do not have soy-based wiring?” Going back as far as the 2011Toyota models Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Camry, Toyota Prius, Prius C, Tundra, and Toyota Highlander come with the soy wiring. It’s been reported that Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Dodge also luxury brands like Tesla, Audi, and BMW have also introduced soy-coated wiring too in their automobiles.

The Original Lawsuit Against Toyota

In the original lawsuit, the plaintiffs stated that Toyota began to use “soybean coated wires” in various vehicles and now rodents are more attracted to the wiring. After being chewed on, the wiring sustained damage and caused a wide array of function failures leading to potential safety hazards.

This class action lawsuit stated that damage to the wiring should be covered under warranty. The automaker denied that this problem won’t be covered under warranty as the damage was done by rats. The plaintiffs say in the suit that Toyota claims the chewing damage as an “environmental condition” and not eligible under Toyota’s warranty for repairs for any “defects in materials.”

The lawsuits claimed that Toyota didn’t notify its customers about soybean-coated wires and also didn’t disclose that the coating is attractive to rodents which increases the possibility of such an incident happening. The plaintiffs claimed Toyota’s actions violated consumer protection laws for years.

This suit was dismissed in June 2018. The judge ruled that the implied warranty violations relied on the action of the rodents and not the vehicles themselves. The judge ruled in favor of Toyota saying that the plaintiffs alleged a defect, they should allege a design problem not a materials problem.

Appeal – Class Action Lawsuit Resurrected

The plaintiffs, according to Car Complaints, had four opportunities to refile the suit, however, the judge dismissed the lawsuit because it failed to prove that soy-based wiring constituted a “latent defect.”

An appeal was filed which partially affirmed and reversed the ruling by Judge Andrew J. Guilford. The plaintiffs stated that the soy-based wiring coating increased the incidence of rodent damage to the vehicles.

Another appeal claimed that customer complaints prove that the automaker downplayed the incidents of wire damages. The appeals court didn’t find those complaints to be persuasive. The district court also refutes attempts to apply implied warranty of merchantability and Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA) claims. It ruled that the defect in the wiring wasn’t an issue at the time the vehicles were sold.

To have a claim, the appeals court said that the defect had to exist at the time of sale. They also found the district court identified the rodents inaccurately, as the supposed defect. The alleged defect was the soy-based wiring coating. The alleged defect was present at the time of the sale even though damage occurred later.

Interesting Notes About Toyota Soy Wiring Class Action Lawsuit

  • The lawsuit claims that the use of soybean wiring coating draws mice, rats, and other rodents to chew at the wiring rendering the vehicle unsafe. 
  • The previous lawsuit was dismissed over failure to plead with particularity under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b). The soybean-based wiring didn’t constitute a “latent defect.”
  • The district court judge dismissed the implied warranty of merchantability and the MMWA and claims under 13 states’ consumer protection statutes.
  • Toyota claims that rats have historically been pests that behaviorally chew on things and that’s just “a fact of life.” The appeals court doesn’t dispute their claim.

Final Thoughts!

If you are an automobile owner and having manufacturing issues, you can contact us for a class-action lawsuit. Serious car problems require serious legal representation, especially when you are bringing a claim against a major automaker

At The Lemon Firm, our experienced attorneys have been able to successfully recover compensation for our clients who were sold a vehicle that did not perform as intended and we can do the same for you. Contact us for a free consultation today if you have experienced problems like those experienced by the Volkswagen class action above or any other types of design or manufacturing defects with your vehicle.

Our experienced attorneys can be reached by calling (833) Lemon-Firm.  The first consultation is free and we can take your case on a contingency fee, meaning that you will not pay a cent unless our experienced attorneys recover money for you. Call us today!

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Toyota Fuel Pump Class Action Lawsuit

By: Nicole Halavi

Toyota Motor Corporation is one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, producing more than 10 million vehicles each year. They are also a large global leader for hybrid electrical vehicles, encouraging the mass adoption of hybrid vehicles worldwide. Despite the many options Toyota provides to consumers, the auto manufacturer has been subject to several class actions lawsuits concerning defects in various Toyota models. In fact, CCA’s attorneys have represented several plaintiffs dealing with a Toyota model that, among other issues, had a defective fuel pump.

Below is a brief list of issues that may result from a faulty fuel pump:
• Difficulty starting the vehicle;
• Vehicle stalling;
• A constant noise that comes from the fuel tank;
• A sputtering engine; and
• Poor fuel economy.

A recent class action lawsuit filed against Toyota alleges that the automaker refuses to repair or replace damaged fuel pumps.

If you are a Toyota customer and your vehicle has been exhibiting any of the issues mentioned above, CCA is here to help. We invite you to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What are the Fuel Pump Issues in the Toyota Vehicles that Resulted in a Class Action Lawsuit?

Toyota owners have complained of many issues that arise as a result of defective fuel pumps. In January 2020, the fuel pump defect led to a recall of more than 700,000 vehicles, which eventually became about 2 million vehicles by March. According to the lawsuit, the DENSO fuel pump impellers “may be swelled due to the fuel and water contained in the fuel; therefore, a rotation of the impeller may be stopped when the impeller is swelled and comes in contact with the [fuel pump] housing.”

The fuel pump is responsible for delivering gas from the gas tank to the engine. As one can imagine, if fuel doesn’t make it to the engine, the engine will not run. Thus, the fuel pump is a critical part for reliable vehicle operation.

Below is a list of Toyota vehicles that are equipped with allegedly defective fuel pumps:

• 2018–2019 Toyota Avalon
• 2018–2019 Toyota Corolla
• 2018–2019 Toyota Highlander
• 2018–2019 Toyota Sequoia
• 2018–2019 Toyota Tacoma
• 2018–2019 Toyota Camry
• 2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser
• 2014–2015, 2018–2019 Toyota Land Cruiser
• 2018–2019 Toyota Sienna
• 2014–2015, 2018–2019 Toyota Forerunner
• 2018–2019 Lexus GS 300
• 2014–2015 Lexus GX 460
• 2017 Lexus IS 200t
• 2014–2015, 2018–2019 Lexus IS 350
• 2018–2019 Lexus LC 500h
• 2018–2019 Lexus LS 500
• 2014–2015 Lexus LX 570
• 2018–2019 Lexus RC 300
• 2015, 2018–2019 Lexus RC 350
• 2018–2019 Lexus RX 350
• 2018–2019 Toyota Tundra
• 2018–2019 Lexus ES 350
• 2013–2014, 2018–2019 Lexus GS 350
• 2014 Lexus IS-F
• 2018–2019 Lexus IS 300
• 2018–2019 Lexus LC 500
• 2013–2015 Lexus LS 460
• 2018–2019 Lexus LS 500h
• 2015 Lexus NX 200t
• 2017 Lexus RC 200t
• 2017–2019 Lexus RX 350

One Toyota Camry owner described the stalling concern as follows: “My Camry has been stalling on many occasions. The car stalled on the highway twice and luckily the person behind me did not slam into me but stopped to assist me. This problem is scary and I want a resolution to this.” An owner of the 2018 Toyota Sienna explained the poor fuel economy issue as follows: “I noticed that the gas mileage wasn’t what it should be, and I began calculating it at each fill-up. It was pretty consistent at 11-12mpg, (advertised mpg is 18 city). In September, I complained to the dealership and the Service Manager said to wait until the first scheduled service at 5K miles. I told him we had operated it for 2.5K miles, with it costing us approximately twice what it should, and I had NO intention of continuing that.”

What Can I Do if My Toyota Vehicle is Subject to Any of the Defects Mentioned Above?

If your Toyota Vehicle has exhibited any issues arising from defective fuel pumps, such as stalling, a sputtering engine, unusual sounds, or other abnormalities, CCA’s lawyers are here to help – and at no cost to you! CCA is equipped with an experienced team of lawyers who are knowledgeable about the fuel pump issues in Toyota vehicles. We are here to get you the relief you deserve!

If your vehicle has been exhibiting any defects or issues, please contact our experts for a free consultation at (833) LEMON-FIRM.