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Prius Class Action Lawsuit Settled

Facing a number of legal challenges, Toyota decided to get past an easier one, reaching a settlement in a class-action lawsuit in which consumers’ lawyers alleged that the Toyota Prius headlights shut off without warning in 2006-09 Prius hybrids.

The big winners? Well, in any consumer class action, it is usually the laws that will likely pocket “tens of millions of dollars.” Consumers? Oh, yeah. Prius owners will be reimbursed for the cost to fix the headlight systems, and warranties for headlight problems will be extended to five years or 50,000 miles from the standard three years or 36,000 miles.

I’ve said it before: consumer class action lawsuits rub everyone the wrong way. I suppose they are a necessary evil to keep companies honest. But I can see where plaintiffs’ are frustrated that they get new headlights and their lawyers get millions.

The big fish, the rollover, and the acceleration lawsuits are not going anywhere.

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