LOS ANGELES -- A $16 million settlement over the safety recall of Toyota vehicles that were at risk for unintended acceleration and braking issues was announced Friday by Orange County prosecutors and Toyota Motor Corp.
The suit was one of a flood of cases brought against the automaker after more than 14 million vehicles were recalled in 2009 and 2010 — many of them still waiting to be heard or settled.
In the suit, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas claimed deceptive business practices, alleging Toyota had concealed safety issues related to its floor mats and "sticky" gas pedal issues. The suit sought $2,500 per violation under California's consumer protection laws
Under the settlement, Toyota continues to deny all the claims made by the suit.
"Having addressed floor mat and `sticky pedal' issues with effective and durable solutions, we are gratified that Toyota vehicles are once again widely recognized as among the safest and most reliable on the road," Christopher P Reynolds, an attorney and vice president for Toyota, said in a statement.
In the past, the carmaker blamed driver error, faulty floor mats and stuck accelerator pedals for the problems.
A highway tragedy in suburban San Diego sparked the recalls and numerous lawsuits against the Japanese carmaker.
An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and three family members were killed after he lost control of the car, a Toyota-built Lexus, in a grisly accident. The car reached speeds of more than 120 mph before it hit an SUV, launched off an embankment, rolled several times and burst into flames.
That case was settled for $10 million before similar cases were consolidated in federal court.
At the end of 2012, Toyota agreed to pay a $1 billion payout to settle claims from owners who said the value of their vehicles dropped after the recall.
In the Orange County case, half the $16 million will go to a gang reduction program and the other half will be used to pay the costs of the case and the pursuit of future economic crime cases.
Also on HuffPost:
Japan's auto giant Nissan Motor executive vice president Hiroto Saikawa (L) displays the company's new luxury sedan 'Cima', which has the new hybrid system with V6-3.5 litter gasoline engine and electric motor to achieve 364-horsepower high performance and good economy efficency of 16.6km per litter at the company's headquarters in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on April 25, 2012. Nissan will put it on the market from May. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
Lexus RX 450h Hybrid SUV
Japan's auto giant Toyota Motor managing officer Kazuo Ohara (R) introduces the company's newly designed Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUV with a 3.5-litre V6 engine in Tokyo on April 12, 2012. Toyota will put it on the market on April 21. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
A Fisker Karma hybrid car is displayed at the US carmaker's booth on March 6, 2012 during a press day ahead of the 82nd Geneva Motor Show in Geneva. Some 700 carmakers will be taking part in the Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public from March 8 to 18. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
The Hyundai Sonata hybrid car on display February 2, 2012 at the 2012 Washington Auto Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The auto show runs through February 5. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images
Toyota Prius C Hybrid
The Toyota Prius C hybrid is introduced during a press preview at the North American International Auto Show at the COBO Center January 10, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The NAIAS opens to the public January 14th and continues through January 22nd. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Mercedes F 125 Concept Fuel Cell Hybrid
A Mercedes F 125 Concept fuel cell hybrid car is on display at the international motor show IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) in Frankfurt/M, western Germany, on September 14, 2011. The world's biggest motor show, the IAA, is running on display at the international motor show IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) in Frankfurt/M, western Germany, on September 14, 2011. The world's biggest motor show, the IAA, is running from September 15 to 25, 2011. PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images
BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid All-Electric
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid all-electric concept car makes its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The car show opens to the public tomorrow and runs through November 27. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Volkswagen SUV 'Cross Coupe'
Models show off the concept SUV 'Cross Coupe' of German's Volkswagen, which is the all-whell-drive plug-in hybrid vehicle, during the Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo on November 30, 2011. TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Journalists check Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor's new compact hybrid car 'Aqua', equipped with a 1.5-litter gasoline engine and an electric motor to drive the five-seater body in Tokyo on December 26, 2011. The world's highest efficiency vehicle, which achieved 35.4km/litter for fuel efficiency, started to sell here. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
Peugeot Citroen RC Hybrid
People look at a RC hybrid car by French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroen on December 14, 2011 at the Peugeot store on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. PSA will experience a 'significant loss' for the second half of the year said the president of the board Philippe Varin during a hearing at the National Assembly in Paris on December 14, 2011. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images
Toyota Camry Hybrid
Japan's auto giant Toyota Motor unveils the new 'Camry' hybrid sedan, equipped with a 2.5-litre engine with an electric motor hybrid system, during a press preview in Tokyo on September 5, 2011. Toyota started selling the mid-sized flagship sedan from September 5. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
Toyota 'Prius A'
A cameraman takes video of the new 'Prius a' (alpha) minivan-style hybrid vehicles by Japan's auto maker Toyota Motor in Tokyo on May 13, 2011. Toyota annouced the launch of the seven-seat model equipped with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, with the five-seat model equipped with a nickel metal hydride battery in Japan. TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images
The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Facebook Race Car during the 2011 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York April 21,2011. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Chevy Volt Hybrid
DETROIT- NOVEMBER 30: A General Motors Chevrolet Volt goes through assembly after GM celebrated the official launch of the Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric vehicle at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly November 30, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Volt extended-range electric vehicle, for which 1,000 jobs will be created by General Motors over the next two years, started production earlier this month. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
The hybrid car 'BMW ActiveE' is presented at a plant of German carmaker BMW in Leipzig, eastern Germany, 05 November 2010. BMW are expanding its Leipzig plant for the production of the newly-developed Megacity Vehicle, a zero-emission car featuring an extremly light plastic bod, and is to be produced in Leipzig from 2013. AFP PHOTO / POOL / PETER ENDIG (Photo credit should read PETER ENDIG/AFP/Getty Images)
Honda 'Fit Hybrid'
Japan's auto maker Honda Motor president Takanobu Ito introduces the company's new hybrid compact car 'Fit Hybrid', equipped with 1.3-litre electric motor and front-wheel drive during a preview at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on October 8, 2010. Honda started selling the vehicle on the Japanese market and will export to Europe as the 'Jazz Hybrid'. YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images
Honda Jazz Hybrid Car
Watch a visuals overview, with design and driving shots of the Honda Jazz Hybrid car.
The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid Car Visuals
See a visuals video of the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid car.
Unveiling of The Opel Ampera Hybrid Car
See the unveiling of the Opel Ampera hybrid car at the Geneva Motor Show.
The LEXUS CT 200h Hybrid Mode Selection
Learn about LEXUS CT 200h hybrid car and its useful selection function to change Hybrid Mode to match your use.