Toyota settles San Diego crash case involving sudden acceleration
Toyota Motor Corp. has quietly settled a high-profile lawsuit over a fatal crash near San Diego last year that drew national attention to sudden acceleration in its vehicles and led to massive recalls and an unprecedented apology from its president.
The automaker revealed the settlement in a letter to a California Superior Court judge, but declined to provide any details of the terms, which it is seeking to keep confidential.
By getting the case off its growing plate of legal woes, Toyota can focus on an aggressive strategy to fend off lawsuits with less dramatic evidence, many of which point to potential electronic problems in vehicles.
Photo: The crash of off-duty CHP Officer Mark Saylor's 2009 Lexus ES350 on Aug. 28, 2009, after a harrowing ride through suburban San Diego killed Saylor, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law and prompted Toyota to recall 3.8 million cars to replace floor mats that it said could cause the accelerator to stick.