Toyota/Lexus Oil Sludge Class Action Settlement….

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Toyota/Lexus Oil Sludge Class Action Settlement.

Today I got a notification in the mail concerning my parents old Toyota Camry. Everyone complains about the VW/Audi 1.8T’s sludging issue, but it looks like even naturally aspirated cars from a brand which is considered a polemark of reliability in the automotive industry can fall victim to this issue. I wonder how Consumer Reports will rate used Toyotas now!


People who bought or leased a Toyota or Lexus could get benefits from a class action settlement.

A nationwide settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about whether certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles are predisposed to develop oil gel. The settlement continues and enhances a Toyota/Lexus Customer Support Program and allows people who had claims that were denied to submit thenm to a neutral third party evaluator.

If you are included, you may ask for benefits, or you can exclude yourself, or object. The 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana authorized this notice, and will have a hearing to decide whether to approve the settlement. Get more details at the website or by calling 1-800-279-4405.

Who’s included?

If you got this notice in the mail, you have been identified as someone who may be included in this Class action. Class members are people who bought or leased one of the vehicles in the center box when it was new, currently own or elase one, or owned or leased one in 2002 and recieved mailing from Toyota/Lexus about this issue.

What’s this about?

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In 2002, Toyota/Lexus established a Customer Support Program giving vehicle owners additional protection beyond the warranty for damages from either oil gel or sludge. Oil gel is a thick, gummy substance that impedes operation of the engine, causes damage to engine parts and can, in some cases, require engine replacement. The lawsuit says that the vehicles covered by Toyota/Lexus were defective, leading to oil gel and expensive repairs and other expenses.

It also says Toyota/Lexus did not describe the benefits of the Customer Support Program to customers. Toyota/Lexus says that following it recomended maintenenceschedule should prevent your engine from experiencing oil gel. The settlement doesn’t mean that Toyota or Lexus vehicles are predisposed to develop oil gel. The Court did not decide which side was right.

Instead, the settlement resolves the case and gives benefits to Class members.

What does the settlement provide?

Toyota/Lexus has agreed to continue and enhance the Customer Support Program, to describe its features in a settlement agreement, and also to make them known in a glove box notice issued with this settlement notice. The Customer Support Program described who qualifies, and how to qualify, for oil gel related repairs and reimbursements; tells customers they have an additional 120 days after the eight (8) year program coverage to submit claims for reimburement; and allows customers to submit anny denied claim for review and a final decision. If your eight (8) year eligibility for the program ended before you recieved this notice, you have until March, 15, 2007 to make a claim, so long as your oil gel problem occured within eight (8) years from the date of purchase sale or lease. You can read all the details in the settlement agreement at

How do you get the benefits?

If your vehicle has symptoms of oil gel (blue smoke from tail pipe, illumination of the check engine light on the instrument panel, or excessive oil consumption) take it to your Toyota/Lexus dealer. If your vehicle has is covered by program and you have made reasonable incidental expenses in the past, and have not been reimbursed, or your claim for reimbursementwas denied in the past, please call one of the numbers in the glove box notice below.

What are your other rights?

If you don’t want to be legally bound by the settlement, you must exclude yourself by December 30, 2006, or you won’t be able to sue, or continue to sue, Toyota/Lexus about the legal claims this case resolves, ever again. If you exclude yourself, you may not get settlement agreement benefits, but you will, if elligible, get Customer Support Program benefits. If you stay in the settlement, you may object to it by December 30, 2006.

The detailed notice explains how to exclude yourself or object.

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