Allstate filed a lawsuit against Toyota last Friday in hopes of recovering $3 million-plus it paid out for claims in accidents related to sudden acceleration.
The suit claims Toyota disregarded evidence of acceleration problems in its automobiles and did not install a brake override system that would have prevented accidents.
Like other lawsuits, the Allstate filing states that acceleration problems were the result of a defect in an electronic throttle system Toyota debuted in the 1990s, and that the automaker covered up the problem instead of recalling the vehicles and changing the design.
A Reuters report stated that a Toyota spokesperson believes the “unfounded allegations in this suit have no basis.”
Both Allstate and State Farm began subrogation, or the process by which an insurance company seeks reimbursement from the person or entity legally responsible for an accident after money has been paid out on behalf of the insured, last April. At that time, Progressive said it was “continuing to review claims and subrogate as necessary.”