Woodsford backs Toyota diesel defeat device class action

Woodsford is backing a class action against Toyota on behalf of up to half a million owners of diesel-powered Toyota vehicles.

The claim, which was filed filed by Maddens Lawyers in the Supreme Court of Victoria, alleges that Toyota manufactured and sold hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles to Australian consumers that possess engine design features commonly known as ‘defeat devices’, which tamper with the vehicle’s emissions control system in order to enhance the car’s performance.

Woodsford’s Chief Investment Officer (EMEA & APAC), Charlie Morris, commented:

Toyota’s conduct in this matter is egregious. Not only do these defeat devices deceive consumers into buying a vehicle that is different to what they thought they were buying, they are also damaging to the environment, as diesel cars that do not meet the required emissions standards continue to find their way onto our roads. Woodsford is dedicated to holding big businesses like Toyota to account over wrongdoing of this kind so that consumers receive the compensation they are due, but also in the hope that actions of this kind will lead to a step-change in the behaviour of big business.”

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