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New Claims Made Against Toyota In Defects Case

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — New court documents filed in a case against Toyota Motor Corp. claim the auto giant bought back cars with sudden acceleration defects and failed to report the problem to federal regulators.

The allegations made in court documents filed Wednesday also say Toyota compelled car owners to sign confidentiality agreements that prevented them from speaking publicly about sudden acceleration in their vehicles.

Hundreds of lawsuits were filed against Toyota after the automaker began recalling millions of vehicles because of acceleration problems in several models and brake glitches with the Prius hybrid.

All of the cases were consolidated and assigned to a federal judge in Southern California.

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