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$1.7M for Ohio from Toyota settlement

$1.7M for Ohio from Toyota settlement

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s share of a settlement between Toyota and 29 states over safety issues related to unintended acceleration will be a little over $1.7 million, Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Thursday.

The automaker will pay out some 29-million dollars and is also pledging to make vehicle information more accessible.

The agreement is the result of separate actions brought by the states after Toyota’s many recalls in 2010 due to safety defects with accelerator pedals.

A lead state in the investigation, Ohio will get $1,704,111.58, which DeWine says will go to the Consumer Protection Enforcement Fund.

The car maker will also put aside $5 million dollars for customers who paid for rental cars or other replacement transportation due to the recalls.

The state Department of Public Safety also will get a Bosch Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) System, which provides pre-crash vehicle information from Toyota vehicles involved in crashes top aid investigations of accidents involving Toyota vehicles, DeWine said.

DeWine says the settlement has been presented to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court for approval, along with a filed complaint in which the states allege Toyota engaged in unfair and deceptive practices when it failed to timely disclose known safety defects.

Consumers can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 and Lexus at 800-255-3987 for more information.

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