Toyota Moves to Toss Sudden-Acceleration Suits

In an undated photo provided by Toyota Motor Corp., a 2010 Toyota Corolla is seen. Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. announced late Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 that it would halt sales of some of its top-selling models, including the Corolla, to fix gas pedals that could stick and cause unintended acceleration. Last week, Toyota issued a recall for the same eight models affecting 2.3 million vehicles.
Toyota Motor Corp. has moved to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits over claims stemming from sudden acceleration in its vehicles.

The auto giant filed a motion Tuesday with a federal court in Santa Ana, saying attorneys for Toyota drivers had failed to identify any defects in the vehicles.

Hundreds of lawsuits were filed against Toyota after the automaker began recalling millions of vehicles because of acceleration problems in several models and brake glitches with the Prius hybrid.

All of the federal cases were consolidated and assigned to a federal judge in Santa Ana.

Some plaintiffs claimed Toyota's electronic throttle control system has a defect.

On Tuesday, lawyers for Toyota said there was no evidence of a flaw.