Toyota settles first wrongful death lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Toyota Motor says it has settled what is expected to the first of hundreds of wrongful death lawsuits involving problems of sudden, unintended acceleration by its vehicles.

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A Toyota spokeswoman said Thursday that the company reached an agreement in the case brought by the family of Paul Van Alfen and Charlene Jones Lloyd. They were killed when their Toyota Camry slammed into a wall in Utah in 2010. The spokeswoman would not disclose the financial terms.

Last month, Toyota (TM) agreed to a settlement worth more than $1 billion to resolve hundreds of lawsuits claiming economic losses suffered by Toyota owners, but hundreds more lawsuits over wrongful death remained.

The Van Alfen case was to be the first of those tried, and to serve as a bellwether for the rest.

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