Toyota Faces Huge Class Action
Bannister Law and Gilbert and Tobin lawyers have filed the class action in the Federal Court which could affect up to 250,000 drivers nationwide.
Lawyers claim the Hilux ute, Fortuner and Prado 4WD diesel models sold around Australia could have been fitted with faulty Diesel Particulate Filters.
It's alleged that the faulty filters cause smoke to spew from exhausts, dramatically decrease fuel efficiency and increase wear and tear on engines.
The models affected were sold from October 2015 to July 2019, according to the lawyers.
There is no recall, instead, Toyota is asking the owners of the affected vehicles to contact their local dealership for testing and repair at no charge.
"We believe consumers are entitled to compensation for the defect we allege is in the vehicles," Charles Bannister from Bannister Law told the ABC.
"The issue is that [in] the past few years, the operation of these vehicles has cost many people time off work in returning the vehicle to the dealership [to be fixed], and the excess fuel consumption has hit their hip pocket.
"People return to have the problem fixed. It's not fixed, its fuel consumption is poor and they return again," Bannister continued.
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The case will claim that drivers have suffered a "reduction in value" of their vehicles.
It comes as new research reveals that Toyota was Australia's most popular vehicle manufacturer last year.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of Toyota vehicles grew 1.6 percent to 2.94 million, compared to Holden's 1.67 million.