Toyota to foot largest ever settlement in US for vehicle defect

Jul 20 2013, 20:58 IST
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Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Toyota since 2009.Reuters Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Toyota since 2009.Reuters
Summary14 million vehicles have been recalled since the defect claims surfaced.

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The settlement also sets up additional driver education programs and funds new research into advanced safety technologies. The main contention in the remaining wrongful death cases is whether a design defect _ namely an electronic throttle control system _ was responsible for Toyota vehicles surging unexpectedly. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and NASA were unable to find any defects in the automaker's source code that could cause problems.

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