Brian Warner et al. v. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., Class Action Settlement


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No. 2:15-cv-02171-FMO-FFM

IF YOU OWN OR LEASE OR PREVIOUSLY OWNED OR LEASED CERTAIN TOYOTA TACOMA, TUNDRA, OR SEQUOIA VEHICLES, YOU COULD GET BENEFITS FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT.

On April 27, 2017, the Court held the Final Fairness Hearing.  On  May 21, 2017, the Court issued its Final Order and Final Judgment approving the settlement.  

In June, 2017, appeals were filed to the settlement. While this will delay full implementation of the settlement, the Frame Inspection and Replacement Program is being implemented at this time.

There is a proposed settlement that has been preliminarily approved in a class action lawsuit against Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (“Toyota”) concerning certain Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia vehicles. Those included in the settlement have legal rights and options and deadlines by which they must exercise them.

You are included if you bought, owned, or leased 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma, 2007-2008 Tundra, or 2005-2008 Sequoia vehicles (see FAQ 3 for a list of eligible vehicles).

The proposed settlement provides for a free Frame Inspection and Replacement Program to determine whether your Subject Vehicle’s frame should be replaced. If the frame needs to be replaced to meet the Rust Perforation Standard, replacement will be at no cost to you. The settlement also reimburses Class Members who previously paid for frame replacement due to rust perforation that satisfies the Rust Perforation Standard and that were incurred prior to January 3, 2017.  


YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT

YOU MAY:

 

DATE/CLAIM PERIOD

SEEK INSPECTION UNDER THE FRAME Inspection and REPLACEMENT PROGRAM

Have the frame of your vehicle inspected to determine whether your frame should be replaced.  If the inspection shows that your frame should be replaced, an authorized Toyota Dealer will replace the frame, at no cost to you.  At your request and if your vehicle is kept overnight, Toyota shall also provide a complimentary Loaner Vehicle (upon proof of adequate insurance) for up to seven (7) days, absent exceptional circumstances, while your vehicle’s frame is replaced.

The longer of either (a) twelve (12) years from the date the vehicle was originally sold or leased; or (b) one (1) year from the date of entry of the Final Order and Judgment

FILE A CLAIM
TO SEEK REIMBURSEMENT

You may submit Claims for previously paid out-of-pocket costs for frame replacement incurred on a Subject Vehicle to address rust perforation that satisfies the Rust Perforation Standard that were incurred prior to January 3, 2017 and that were not otherwise reimbursed.  This is the only way that you can get reimbursed.

July 20, 2017

OBJECT

Write to the Court about why you do not like the proposed settlement.

March 27, 2017

EXCLUDE
YOURSELF

Ask to get out (opt out) of the proposed settlement.  If you do this, you are not entitled to any of the settlement benefits, but you keep your right to sue Toyota about the issues in your own lawsuit.

March 27, 2017

APPEAR IN THE
LAWSUIT OR GO
TO THE FAIRNESS HEARING

You are not required to enter an appearance in the lawsuit in order to participate in the proposed settlement, but you may enter an appearance on your own or through your own lawyer in addition to filing an objection if you do not opt out.  You can also ask to speak in Court at the Fairness Hearing about the proposed settlement, if you have previously filed an objection and submitted a timely notice of intention to appear at the Fairness Hearing.

April 27, 2017 at
10:00 a.m. Pacific time

DO NOTHING

You may not receive certain settlement benefits that you may otherwise be eligible for and you give up the right to sue Toyota about the issues in the lawsuit. 

 


You are encouraged to periodically check this website as it will be updated with additional information.

This website is authorized by the Court, supervised by counsel and controlled by Heffler Claims, the Settlement Administrator approved by the Court. This is the only authorized website for this case.

For more information please call 1-800-481-7948

Documents

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Important Dates

  • File a Claim to Seek Reimbursement

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 You must submit your Claim Form on-line no later than Thursday, July 20, 2017, or mail your completed paper Claim Form so that it is postmarked no later than Thursday, July 20, 2017.
  • Deadline to Object to the Settlement

    Monday, March 27, 2017 You must mail your written objection to the Clerk of Court so that it is received and filed no later than March 27, 2017.
  • Deadline to Exclude Yourself from the Settlement

    Monday, March 27, 2017 You must complete and mail your request for exclusion form so that it is postmarked no later than March 27, 2017.
  • Deadline to ask the Court for permission to speak at Fairness Hearing

    Monday, March 27, 2017 You must mail your “Notice of Intent to Appear” to the Clerk of Court so that it is received and filed no later than March 27, 2017.
  • Fairness Hearing

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    The Fairness Hearing is currently scheduled for April 27, 2017 at 10:00am Pacific.

    Please check this website for updates as the hearing date is subject to change.

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