The U.S. Supreme Court turned away a Toyota Motor Corp. appeal that sought to force arbitration of California lawsuits over the brakes in Prius cars.
The justices on Monday left intact a federal appeals court decision that said Toyota couldnít enforce the arbitration clauses in its dealersí purchase agreements with customers.
The consumers say the anti-lock brake system in the model- year 2010 Priuses had a defect that made the cars harder to stop, particularly on rough surfaces. The consumers, who donít allege they were injured, say Toyota failed to resolve the problem in a 2010 recall. They urged the Supreme Court not to hear the appeal.
The case is Toyota Motor v. Choi, 12-1230.