NHTSA Fines Toyota $16M Over Pedal Recall

Tuesday April 6th, 2010 at 8:44 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

Toyota fined $16M
U.S. DOT seeks largest ever civil penalty

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is going to fine Toyota Motor Corporation $16.375 million for failing to notify the agency of sticking accelerator pedal defects. The NHTSA contends that Toyota knew the potential risk to consumers, but was reluctant to react. The fine will be the largest civil penalty ever given by the NHTSA.

Toyota is being fined due to the company’s slow response to notify the NHTSA. Auto manufacturers are required to inform the NHTSA about potential safety problems within five business days. The U.S. DOT claims the Japanese automaker knew the problem existed for at least four months before it contacted the department.

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