/ 20 June 2022

Oh, what a feeling (to receive some compo…)

Image source: Flickr
Image source: Flickr

More than 260,000 Toyota owners will be contacted from today and told they can register their interest to receive thousands of dollars in compensation. It follows a Federal Court ruling in April that found that ​​the diesel version of the manufacturer’s Hilux, Prado, and Fortuners sold between October 2015 and April 2020 had a defective filter system, leaving owners out of pocket. Not only have owners had to deal with foul-smelling white smoke, but the fault also decreased their vehicles’ fuel efficiency. Notices will be sent via email, text message and snail mail, letting owners know that their set of wheels is worth 17.5% less than what the average customer paid. If all come forward, Toyota is on the hook for $2.7 billion. “If a significant number of those group members do come forward, then there is a possibility … that this will be the largest compensation payout in Australian history,” said lawyer Matt Mackenzie.

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