LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Embattled Japanese automaker Toyota has settled a lawsuit over a fatal crash near San Diego last year that led to massive recalls of Toyota vehicles, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. The newspaper said the company revealed the settlement in a letter to a California Superior Court judge, but declined to provide any details of the terms. Toyota has seen its reputation badly damaged after it recalled about 10 million vehicles worldwide because of dangerous defects, many involving sticky gas pedal problems that could cause vehicles to speed out of control. The Japanese automaker paid a record 16.4-million-dollar fine earlier this year to settle claims it hid gas pedal defects blamed for more than 50 US deaths and faces a host of civil lawsuits over issues with unintended acceleration. However, the new settlement has left out co-defendant Bob Baker Lexus, an omission that could set the stage for a new legal fight with Toyotas own dealers over who is to blame for sudden acceleration incidents, the report said. Toyota has sought to protect only its own interests. They decided to cut out their own dealer, the paper quoted Larry Willis, attorney for Bob Baker Lexus, as saying. The dealership lent a Lexus ES sedan to California Highway Patrol officer Mark Saylor in August 2009. Saylor was killed, along with his wife, daughter, and brother-in-law when the car sped out of control and crashed over an embankment. Investigators said the crash may have been caused by an improperly installed floor mat, but Willis argues that the floor mat was not the problem, The Times reported. He said the accident could have been caused by an inherent defect in the cars electronics. The suit, filed by Saylors parents along with the parents of his wife and brother-in-law, was considered by far the strongest among the hundreds of sudden acceleration cases brought against Toyota in the last year, the paper noted.