TINA.org Notifies Automakers Deceptively Marketing Made in USA Vehicles
MADISON, CONN. November 7, 2022 – No Super Bowl is complete without at least one car commercial teeming with red, white and blue flags and blatant nods to Americana with…
Automakers Advertising Made in USA Cars Need to Pump the Brakes
TINA.org puts the auto industry on notice.
Consumer Alert: ‘Made in USA’ Cars
Exercise caution when car ads say ‘made’ or ‘built’ in the U.S.
Reality Check: TINA.org Calls on FTC to Address Virtual Influencers
Why the FTC should consider virtual influencers as it reviews its Endorsement Guides.
Fitzgerald Auto Mall
Consumer accuses dealership of pulling a bait and switch.
Toyota Prototype Vehicles
Automaker addresses its use of prototypes in TV ad.
Blowing the Whistle on These Super Bowl Advertisers’ Claims
Instant replay shows six instances in which Super Bowl 52 advertisers have fumbled ad claims.
Ford C-MAX Hybrid
Toyota and Lexus Vehicles with 3G Modems
Allegations: Failing to disclose that certain features available in Lexus Enform, Toyota Safety Connect, and Entune App – including roadside emergency safety features – would become inoperable when 3G services…
Allegations: Falsely marketing that certain vehicles are equipped with adaptive headlights when the vehicles aren’t equipped with the safety feature
RAV4 Hybrid Vehicles
Allegations: Misleadingly representing that hybrid vehicles travel farther on one tank of gas than gas-only vehicles when such claims are not true
In February and March 2020, two class-action lawsuits were filed against Toyota for allegedly misleadingly marketing that the fuel tanks in RAV4 vehicles hold 14.5 gallons of gas when, according…
In February 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Toyota for allegedly misleadingly marketing 2018-2019 Toyota vehicles equipped with certain low-pressure fuel pumps as safe and dependable when, according to…
Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone Systems in Toyota Vehicles
October 2019: Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint bringing similar allegations. September 2019: The case was transferred to federal court. (Case No. 19-cv-2550, E. D. MO.) June 2019: A class-action lawsuit…
Features of Headlights in Toyota Rav 4
A false advertising class-action lawsuit was filed against Toyota in November 2017 (and amended in June 2018). Specifically, the complaint claims that the company falsely advertises that the headlights in…
Cold Weather Package for Lexus 2015 GS 350 Automobiles
November 2016: This action was voluntarily dismissed When a complaint is dismissed with prejudice, it cannot be refiled. as to the individual claims of the named plaintiffs and When a…
Toyota’s “Tire Savings Event”
In February 2017, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Toyota for allegedly deceptively promoting a “tire savings event.” According to the complaint, Toyota represents that consumers who purchase three tires…
In July 2016, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Toyota for allegedly representing that the Prius Plug-In can operate for approximately 13 miles on a full charge without adequately disclosing…