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Toyota Settles Lawsuit in Infamous Crash

In what is largely considered a starting point of Toyotas stop nightmare of a past year, a automaker has settled a lawsuit with kin of an off-duty California Highway Patrol military officer who was killed, along with his wife, his 13-year-old daughter as well as his brother, when his loaner Lexus ES 350 raced during speeds up to 120 mph upon a California freeway. The crash occurred in Aug 2009.

The 911 call from which incident focused an heated spotlight upon a emanate of unintended increase in speed in Toyota vehicles. However, recent reports from a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have suggested which most alternative reported cases of unintended increase in speed were a result of motorist error.

Toyota declined to say how much a settlement was for. The automaker removed nearly 8 million vehicles for accelerator issues, covering both loose floormats as well as stranded pedals.

Toyota Settles Over California Deaths (New York Times)