Toyota Illegally Withholding Information, Says Cong. Towns | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner

The Los Angeles Times reports that House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Edolphus Towns said that Toyota “’deliberately withheld’ evidence in lawsuits related to vehicle safety, exhibiting a ‘systematic disregard for the law.’” According to the report, Towns stated that Toyota created secret “Books of Knowledge” that included information about design defects, but never disclosed their existence in lawsuits, according to internal company documents released by the committee Friday.  “We have to get to the bottom of this,” Towns said in an interview. ‘It is a situation that is just not going to go away if we ignore it.’”

Time magazine reviewed the progress of the congressional hearings concerning Toyota’s safety crisis and noted that “the spectacle failed to answer a key question: whether Toyota has pinpointed the problems that caused it to recall more than 8 million cars, including over 6 million in the U.S., since last fall.” Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda clearly has a tough road ahead of him in attempting to restore the company’s image.  Of course, that image was of the company’s own doing.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area.  The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including serious truck and car collisions. He has successfully litigated numerous cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners.  His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.

Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to give presentations to lawyers and businesses regarding product defects, automobile accident litigation, and safety improvements.

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