Toyota class action lawsuit against partially zero-emission vehicles (PZEV) says battery warranty will be ignored.
July 21, 2021 – A Toyota Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) class action lawsuit covers 2011-2017 Lexus CT 200h and 2007-2019 Toyota Prius vehicles.
According to the lawsuit, Toyota has failed to properly identify and pay for all vehicle parts and labor that should be covered by the California Emissions Guarantee.
California plaintiff and 2015 Lexus CT 200h owner Jessica Foust filed the partially emission-free lawsuit, which includes:
“Any person who owns or has been the owner or lessee of Lexus CT200h PZEV vehicles, model years 2011 through 2017 and Toyota Prius PZEV vehicles, model years 2007 through 2019, registered or operated in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. “
The plaintiff says Toyota has been selling partially zero-emission vehicles since 2010 and has received zero-emission vehicle certificates (ZEV) from the state of California.
The Toyota lawsuit alleges that the automaker must extend the California emissions guarantee for PZEVs to 15 years or 150,000 miles for all emissions-related parts and to 10 years or 150,000 miles for the hybrid battery.
Toyota allegedly wrongly limited the hybrid battery life by leaving the hybrid battery uncovered for 10 years or 150,000 miles. The class action lawsuit alleges that Toyota has violated regulations and only covers the battery for 8 years or 100,000 miles under warranty.
Toyota Class Action (Warranty Booklets)
The warranty books for the Prius and Lexus vehicles state that the California Emissions Control Warranty covers the hybrid systems, which are made up of the following components:
“Battery control module (battery voltage sensor); Hybrid battery; Hybrid battery terminal block (including system main relay); Hybrid control module (power management control module); Inverter with converter; and transaxle (including motor and generator). “
According to the Toyota class action lawsuit, the warranty books “illegally and incorrectly” provide that the hybrid battery is “covered by the hybrid system warranty for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.”
The states concerned named in the lawsuit come from the California Emissions Guarantee Book, which applies to vehicles in states other than California.
“Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington are the other states that do this [California Emission Control] The guarantee is currently in force. “
The Toyota class action lawsuit alleges the automaker is able to reduce the amount of money it spends on warranty-related repairs of the hybrid batteries.
The plaintiff argues, “Most, if not all, retailers or consumers will not investigate or understand that the hybrid battery should be properly covered under the California Emissions Guarantee under the California Code of Regulations for 10 years / 150,000 miles.”
Lexus and Toyota owners are said to be forced to pay for repairs that should be covered by warranties.
According to the class action lawsuit, Toyota extended its hybrid battery warranty for all new 2020 Lexus hybrid and Toyota hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles from 8 years / 100,000 miles to 10 years / 150,000 miles in October 2019.
However, this has done nothing for the Lexus CT 200h 2011-2017 and Toyota Prius 2007-2019 vehicles.
The Toyota class action lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division: Jessica Foust, v. Toyota Motor Corp., et al.
The applicant is represented by Pomerantz LLP.