Toyota settles first wrongful death lawsuit

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Toyota settles first death lawsuit


Hundreds more wrongful lawsuits expected in sudden In December, judge approved $1 settlement for hundreds of lawsuits The Van case likely to serve as for other lawsuits

LOS ANGELES — Toyota Motor Corp. has what was to be the first in a group of of pending wrongful death and lawsuits involving sudden, acceleration by Toyota vehicles, a spokesman said Thursday.

reached the agreement in the case by the family of Paul Van Alfen and Jones Lloyd, spokeswoman Migliore said. They killed when their Camry slammed into a in Utah in 2010.

Migliore declined to disclose the terms.

Attorney Mark P. who represents the nine plaintiffs in the suit, did not reply to phone or messages.

The remaining lawsuits are not by the settlement, Migliore said.

issued a statement saying the company and its attorneys may decide to select cases, but we will a number of other opportunities to our product at trial.

We sympathize anyone in an accident involving one of our the statement said, however we to stand fully behind the and integrity of Toyota’s Electronic Control System, which independent evaluations have as safe.

The Los Angeles Times, which reported the agreement Wednesday, Toyota had also reached a in another case brought by Los Angeles police officer Houlf. The case was filed in Los Superior Court and brought California’s lemon law for vehicles. The of that settlement and details that case were not available.

Last month, agreed to a settlement worth than $1 billion to resolve of lawsuits claiming economic Toyota owners suffered the Japanese automaker recalled of vehicles. Hundreds more involving wrongful death and remained.

The Van Alfen case was to be the first of tried, and to serve as a bellwether for the It had been set to go to trial in February.

In Toyota settled a previous death lawsuit for $10 million the current cases were in U.S. District Court in Ana.

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In the earlier case, a Highway Patrol officer and of his family members were in suburban San Diego in 2009 their car, a Toyota-built reached speeds of more 120 mph (193 kph), hit an SUV, off an embankment, rolled several and burst into flames.

Investigators determined that a floor mat trapped the accelerator and the crash.

That discovery a series of recalls involving than 14 million vehicles and a of lawsuits soon followed, numerous complaints of accelerations in models, and brake defects the Prius hybrid.

Toyota has driver error, faulty mats and stuck accelerator for the problems.

In the accident that the newly settled case, Van was driving the Camry on Interstate 80 Wendover, Utah, on Nov. 5, when it suddenly accelerated, said. Skid marks that Van Alfen tried to the vehicle as it exited Interstate 80, said. The car went through a sign at the bottom of the ramp and an intersection before hitting the

Van Alfen and Lloyd, his son’s were killed. Van Alfen’s and son were injured.

The Utah Patrol concluded based on from witnesses and the crash that the gas pedal was stuck.

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