Allstate Corp. has filed a subrogation lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. seeking compensation for the more than $3 million the insurer said it paid out on about 270 accident claims related to the auto manufacturer's allegedly faulty accelerator pedals and other defects.
"Toyota should be held accountable for the financial impact of these accidents," said Allstate spokeswoman Christina Loznicka.
The insurer cited data from Safety Research and Strategies Inc. that shows the sudden acceleration defect in Toyota vehicles is to blame for at least 725 accidents, 304 injuries and 18 deaths.
Mark Bunim, chairman of the mediation firm, Case Closure LLC, said Toyota likely has multiple layers of insurers in excess of its self-insurance. Allstate must prove Toyota is to blame for each of the accidents alleged to have been caused by mechanical problems in Toyota vehicles.