Are you a group member?
The class action is on behalf of persons who, by 17 April 2023 have purchased, leased or otherwise acquired an interest in Australia in a Hino branded vehicle fitted with a diesel engine that was manufactured during the period from 1 January 2003 to 22 August 2022.
You are still eligible to register if you have since sold your Hino vehicle or the vehicle has been written off. If you are unsure if your vehicle is eligible, please contact us using the information below.
What is the claim about?
On 4 March 2022, in a press release, Hino admitted that it had falsified engine performance data in applications for vehicle certification in Japan as far back as 2016.
On 11 March 2022, Hino announced that a Special Investigation Committee, composed of outside experts, would be commissioned to investigate the issue, and, on 2 August 2022, Hino published the Committee’s findings. The Committee concluded that Hino had misreported the engine performance of various diesel vehicles from as far back as 2003.
An investigation by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) then revealed that misconduct had also related to a light-duty engine produced by Hino. This additional finding was published by Hino in a press release on 22 August 2022.
The class action seeks compensation on behalf of group members with affected vehicles who suffered loss and damage, resulting from Hino’s alleged misconduct and breaches of Australian consumer laws.
You can still register for the class action if:
- you have sold the vehicle; or
- the vehicle has been written off.
If you purchased or leased more than 10 Hino diesel vehicles during the relevant claim period, please contact Maurice Blackburn directly instead to register your interest:
Frequently asked questions
Hino branded vehicles fitted with a diesel engine that were manufactured during the period from 1 January 2003 to 22 August 2022 are included in the class action.
It is difficult at such an early stage to predict how much you can ultimately recover as a result of losses that may have been suffered in relation to the alleged misconduct. However, we will be seeking the maximum recovery available under the law.
Signing up to this class action will not expose you to any upfront costs. All costs in the proceeding will be borne by Maurice Blackburn unless and until there is a successful outcome. In the event of a successful outcome, any costs payable by Maurice Blackburn will be deducted from, and will not exceed, any compensation you are entitled to receive. All such costs are required to be considered and approved by the Court.
As a member of the class (and not the Representative Plaintiff, in whose name the case has been brought), an adverse costs order may not be made directly against you in respect of the determination of the common issues in the class action. Unless and until there is a successful outcome, all costs will be borne by Maurice Blackburn.
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