Japanese carmaker Toyota Motors has paid $10 million (£6.47) in compensation to the family of four who died in a fatal car crash in 2009. The company was forced to recall millions of cars over a faulty floormat.
Mr. Larry Willis – a lawyer for the dealership that lent the runaway Lexus, has disclosed the amount to Los Angeles Times on Thursday.
Toyota, in a statement said it was disappointed that the amount has been made public, although it didn’t confirm or deny its liability in the accident. “As is common in these cases, these parties agreed to keep the amount confidential, in part to protect the families from unwanted solicitations and to allow them to move on from this difficult period”, it said in a statement.
The accident had killed off-duty highway patrol officer Mark Saylor, his Wife and daughter and Mr. Saylor’s brother-in-law.
The accident happened when the car accelerated to over 120 mph (190 kmph) and collided with another vehicle and crashed on an embankment before bursting into a fireball. Investigators subsequently found the floormat had trapped the accelerator causing the crash.
Toyota had recalled millions of cars to replace the faulty floormat. Later it recalled the cars to replace the accelerator pedal saying it could stick.
The carmaker had agreed to pay $32.4 million (£20.8 million) to the US NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) on Monday over its handling of the car recall. In April, the world’s biggest carmaker had agreed to pay $16.4 million in penalties.
However, the safety issue doesn’t seem to have much of an impact and the company managed to report higher sales in the second quarter over same period, last year.