Toyota Asks California Court To Dismiss Acceleration Lawsuits

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. is asking a federal court in California to throw out lawsuits over acceleration defects in its cars, saying many of the plaintiffs never identified any defect or experienced sudden, unintended acceleration.

The automaker filed its motion in court Monday.

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

Toyota has recalled more than 10 million vehicles worldwide over the last year. Federal officials said they have received about 3,000 complaints about sudden acceleration and estimated the problem could be involved in the deaths of 93 people over the last decade.

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