Toyota to enter settlement negotiations

Toyota to enter settlement negotiations
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Toyota will seek to settle hundreds of lawsuits involving alleged unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles, according to a U.S. District Court filing in California.

A motion filed Thursday by Toyota and plaintiffs asks for an order to establish an "intensive settlement process" in personal injury, wrongful death and property damage cases.

A Toyota spokeswoman tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1fquDFZ) the process will make resolution of pending cases more efficient.

Many of the hundreds of cases filed nationwide have been consolidated in courts in California.

In October, an Oklahoma jury became the first in the country to find Toyota liable in an unintended acceleration lawsuit, awarding $3 million in damages.

Toyota recalled millions of cars, starting in 2009, but has denied that electronics played any role in the problem.