DOT-NHTSA Seeks Maximum Penalty From Toyota of $16.4 Million

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In brief: The Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking the maximum civil penalty of $16.375 million from Toyota for failing to notify the auto safety agency of the dangerous "sticky pedal" defect.

The word

DOTThe NHTSA charges that Toyota knew about the pedal's defects for at least four months, but failed to notify the NHTSA until new stories began to question the safety of some Toyota models. Approximately 2.3 million Toyota vehicles were recalled in January for this defect.

The $16+ million would be the largest civil penalty ever sought by the regulatory agency. The agency says that documents provided by Toyota on request showed that the company knew about the pedal default as early as September, 2009 and had initiated repair procedures in several other countries before doing so in the U.S.

And so ...

The maximum civil penalty that NHTSA is allowed to assess, under its authority, is $16.375 million.

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