Toyota settles Utah unintended-acceleration suit, attorney says
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(Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to settle a unintended-acceleration lawsuit stemming from a 2010 fatal crash in Utah that was scheduled to go to trial in February, an attorney for the plaintiffs said.
"We can confirm that the case has been settled," lawyer Mark Robinson said today. "We've agreed with Toyota in the settlement agreement that we will not discuss the terms of the settlement."
The case was scheduled for trial Feb. 19 in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., where other unintended-acceleration personal injury cases are consolidated.
It covers the claims of the families of two people killed in the crash.
Their Camry struck a rock wall when it exited the freeway and failed to stop.
The driver, Paul Van Alfen, and a passenger, Charlene Lloyd, his son's fiancee, died. Van Alfen's wife and son were injured in the crash.
The families have said the accident happened when the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated and didn't stop even after the driver slammed on the brakes.
Celeste Migliore, a spokeswoman for Toyota, didn't immediately respond to e-mail and voicemail messages seeking comment on the settlement.Contact Automotive News