Lawyers in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Toyota Motor Corp. have filed their first consolidated complaint, alleging that the Japanese carmaker knowingly hid defects associated with unintended acceleration since 2002 while falsely assuring consumers about the safety of its vehicles.

The complaint, filed on Monday, seeks economic damages for a nationwide class of consumers and businesses, including rental car companies and automobile dealerships. The complaint excludes claims arising from deaths and injuries.

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