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By Renee Nordstrand on January 25, 2013

Toyota has settled with the family members of two people who were killed when the Toyota Camry they driving in inexplicably accelerated and slammed into a wall near Wendover, Utah in 2010. The wrongful death lawsuit was scheduled to go to court next month and was to serve as a bellwether case for similar, consolidated cases that have been brought against Toyota.

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Neither a spokeswoman for Toyota, nor the attorney for the plaintiffs, would disclose the amount of the settlement. Last month, Toyota agreed to pay out more than $1 billion to resolve hundreds of lawsuits that claimed Toyota owners suffered economic damages due to Toyota vehicles suddenly accelerating. Toyota had issued a massive recall of vehicles to address the problem.

This settlement does not affect pending cases. According to the Christian Science Monitor, Toyota released a statement that said the company may settle some of the suits, but “will have a number of other opportunities to defend [their] product at trial.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that Toyota recently settled another case brought by a retired Los Angeles police officer. In 2010, the giant automaker settled a wrongful death suit for $10 million before the cases were consolidated.

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