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Toyota To Settle Class-Action Lawsuit Over Prius Headlights

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toyota has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over headlights in its 2006 and 2009 Prius models that shut off without warning.

The Los Angeles Times reports on its website Wednesday that a Los Angeles federal judge gave preliminary approval of the settlement last week. Toyota said in a statement that it was pleased with the outcome.

There was no dollar figure attached to the settlement, but under terms of the deal Toyota agreed to reimburse eligible Prius owners for the costs of fixing their headlight systems.

Attorneys estimate that as many as 320,000 Prius owners may be covered by the settlement. They will also get their warranties for headlight problems extended to five years or 50,000 miles, rather than the standard three years or 36,000 miles.

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