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Settlement reached in 2007 Toyota case

OKLAHOMA CITY – Toyota Motor Corp. on Friday reached a settlement with the victims of a deadly 2007 car crash, a day after an Oklahoma County jury became the first in the country to find the company liable in a case of sudden unintended acceleration.

On Thursday, the jury awarded a total of $3 million in monetary damages to the injured driver of the 2005 Camry involved in the crash, and to the family of the passenger, who was killed.

The ruling was significant because it was the first case where plaintiffs argued that a car’s electronics – in this case the software connected to the Camry’s electronic throttle-control system – caused the unintended acceleration.

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