Toyota settles lawsuit over 2009 crash in California: report
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LOS ANGELES, Sep. 18, 2010 (Kyodo News International) -- Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM) has settled a lawsuit over a fatal crash near San Diego in August last year, which drew widespread attention to sudden acceleration in its cars and led to massive recalls, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The Japanese automaker revealed the settlement in a letter to a California Superior Court judge, but declined to provide any details of the terms, the L.A. Times said in its online edition.

California Highway Patrol officer Mark Saylor was killed along with his wife, daughter and brother-in-law when the Lexus sedan they were traveling in sped out of control and crashed over an embankment. Investigators subsequently said the crash may have been caused by an improperly installed floor mat.

The daily said the suit, filed by Saylor's parents along with the parents of his wife and brother-in-law, was considered by far the strongest among the hundreds of sudden acceleration cases brought against Toyota in the last year.

Bolstered by a 911 recording of the victims screaming ''there's no brakes!'' moments before a fiery death, the accident set off a chain of events leading to congressional hearings, multiple federal investigations and record fines against the automaker, according to the report.

 

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