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Toyota settles first of hundreds of wrongful death suits

Cases center on sudden acceleration of many Toyota vehicles

Although they don’t have their loved ones back, the families of Paul Van Alfen and Charlene Jones Lloyd are at least getting some closure. Late last week, they reached a settlement with Toyota over the wrongful deaths of Van Alfen and Lloyd, who were killed when their Toyota Camry suddenly and unintentionally accelerated and slammed into a wall in 2010. Set to go to trial next month, this is the first suit of its kind to settle.

Toyota is still facing hundreds of wrongful death and injury suits over the unintended acceleration problem, which has plagued the company since 2009 and involves some Toyota and Lexus vehicles built between 2007 and 2010. The company said that while there may be other settlements to come, in some cases, there are opportunities for Toyota to defend its product.


Cathleen Flahardy

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