The Toyota Motor Corp. has begun settling lawsuits stemming from an alleged design error in its vehicles that caused them to unexpectedly accelerate. The vehicles were involved in numerous accidents, and some plaintiffs claim a design flaw is to blame for the incidents.
Toyota agreed to settle one of these lawsuits filed by the family of a victim of a fatal crash in Utah in 2010. At least two other wrongful death lawsuits are still pending against the company.
“We can confirm that the case has been settled,” said attorney Mark Robinson, representing the plaintiffs in the Utah lawsuit. “We’ve agreed with Toyota in the settlement agreement that we will not discuss terms of the settlement.”
Toyota might want to keep the details of the settlement under wraps so a precedent is not set for future and pending claims. Toyota recalled more than 10 million vehicles from 2009 to 2010 dues to problems with the accelerator or defective floor mats that jammed accelerator pedals.
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego product liability attorney