Toyota is facing a class action lawsuit by 250,000 owners of Hilux and Prado models over faulty filters.
Lawyers representing affected owners claim the motoring giant has been installing defective Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) in its Hilux, Fortuner and Prado diesel cars sold across Australia between October 2015 and July 2019.
It’s alleged the filters have resulted in decreased power, increased fuel consumption and the emission of ‘excessive white smoke and diesel particulate matter’.
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It’s also claimed the fault has increased engine wear and tear on those vehicles.
Lawyers have also accused Toyota of engaging in misleading behaviour because it knew about the fault since 2016.
“We believe consumers are entitled to compensation for the defect we allege is in the vehicles,” Charles Bannister from Bannister Law and Gilbert and Tobin told the ABC.
“People return to have the problem fixed. It’s not fixed, its fuel consumption is poor and they return again.”
Toyota has not issued a recall for affected models, but has instead encouraged owners to contact their dealer for an inspection.
The action will attempt to recover damages for the reduction in value of affected vehicles, increased fuel costs and lost pay from owners having to take time off to get the problem fixed.