Between the years of 2009 and 2013 Toyota had approximately 11 million of their cars with defects in the acceleration system resulting in a class action lawsuit with a settlement of $1.6 billion and hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death actions. The acceleration system defect caused the vehicles to accelerate rapidly with drivers unable to slow the autos.
Today vehicle owners may have another issue to deal with and that is because almost all new vehicles include wireless technology. This can be a weak point due to hacking or invasion of privacy and worse. This is a security vulnerability that would allow hackers to remotely control the electronics system in new automobiles and give them remote control operation of the vehicle.
The automobiles that have this weakness are those with wireless technology systems and hackers could potentially access the Controller Area Network, which is the computer system for all of the electronic systems in the vehicle.
This is not a theory without basis as the Senate has a recent report focusing on the vulnerability with this technology in motor vehicles entitled Tracking & Hacking: Security & Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers at Risk. The report cautions about the weakness with automobile technology.
A copy of the class action lawsuit with 227 counts shows the possible consequences with the security technology risks of new car and truck models.
The class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Cahen v. Toyota Motors. Case No. e3:15-cv-01104.
The Dallas Texas law firm has brought claims against Toyota, General Motors and Ford as the defendants in the class action legal action.