Toyota settles accelerator suit linked to California crash

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 19, 2010

Toyota Motor Corp. entered a settlement with the relatives of four people, whose deaths in San Diego prompted the recall of millions of vehicles due to the risk of unintended acceleration.

Toyota didn’t reveal the terms of the settlement but it released a statement, “Through mutual respect and cooperation we were able to resolve this matter without the need for litigation.”

Toyota President Akio Toyoda addressed the US House Committee last February 23 and apologized to the family of Mark Saylor, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law, who died in a Lexus on August 28, 2009.

Toyota said that he “will do everything in [his] power to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.” Investigators identified floor mats as a likely cause of that accident. It was revealed that Saylor was driving a 2009 ES 350 loaned to him by a local Lexus dealership.

On Sept. 30, 2009, Toyota announced that it will issue its biggest ever recall in the US, involving 3.8 million vehicles, for floor mats that could slip out of position and jam gas pedals.

Toyota has recalled a total of 8 million vehicles throughout the world to repair sticky pedals and misshapen floor mats believed to have caused unintended sudden acceleration.

The plaintiffs claimed that the problems were caused by the electronic throttle system however, Toyota has denied this. [via autonews - sub. required]

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