Rodents attracted to soy-coated wires are also taking a bite out of consumers’ wallets.
Toyota vehicles produced between 2012 to 2016 included in the class are equipped with soy-based insulated wiring. As outlined in the class action complaint, the soy-based insulated wiring is defective under normal use because the soy-based material comprising the wiring or its insulation attracts rodents or other animals that then chew through the wiring. Once chewed through, the wiring fails in its workmanship because it no longer is able to achieve its intended electrical function.
Toyota claims the soy-based insulated wiring in the Class Vehicles does not amount to a defect in material or workmanship and therefore is not covered under Toyota’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty. The legal dispute involves Toyota’s refusal to cover the cost of repairs for damaged wiring under the existing warranty, forcing consumers to pay out of pocket for the repairs.
Whether or not the soy-based insulated wiring falls under the Vehicle Limited Warranty impacts the rights of class members to have their repairs reimbursed or covered by Toyota and impacts the value of each class members’ purchase or lease of a Toyota vehicle with the soy-based insulated wiring.
Brian Kabateck talked to NBC about why consumers are footing the bill for defective soy-coated wires.
If you or someone you know has a Toyota Class Vehicle and would like to know more about the class action lawsuit, contact a KBK lawyer.