Newly Released Documents Shed Light on Record Toyota Fines |

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What Got Stuck in NHTSA’s

More than a year NHTSA whomped Toyota the pocketbook with a $16.4 fine for failing to recall 2.3 vehicles with defective pedals. It was just slightly than chump change to Toyota, but at the time, everyone at the largest civil penalty the had levied against an automaker

As described by Toyota, the so-called pedals, manufactured by supplier were slow to return to and could become stuck in a depressed position. Just for the we’d like to remind our that the SRS has always argued a sticky pedal has nothing to do unintended acceleration–which is not to say that problem isn’t a safety — it just doesn’t lead to the of unintended acceleration incidents by drivers.  But NHTSA and Toyota always enjoyed conflating the without offering any evidence sticky pedals cause acceleration events. It gave the that all concerned were doing something about the

In announcing the meting out of its harshest NHTSA failed to make the documents laying out its rationale. The officially informed Toyota and Ray High LaHood informed the on April 5, 2010.  And more than a year and after the agency has washed its of Toyota SUA and given the automaker a and the reporters are off trying to find Pakistan knew and when did know it; and the business rag pundits are hither and yon crying Shame! for picking on poor ol’ Toyota, quietly posted the document should have been available a year ago . This worded demand letter plain exactly why Toyota got $16.4 million dollars.

Now, even without the most Toyota SUA-ologists the broad outlines: Toyota the CTS pedal in Europe in September but waited until January to recall the pedals in the U.S. was the January 16, 2010 famous to come clean” e-mail former Toyota North Vice President Irv Miller to one of his colleagues.

What we didn’t was this: On October 7, 2009, a member of the Toyota Motor Product Planning and Management sent a copy of an Engineering Instruction describing the pedal that was already implemented in to someone at Toyota Motor and Manufacturing North America, for the accelerator pedal of a RAV 4 manufactured in Two weeks later – and here the started making the words angry –  “ a member of the TMC PPM inexplicably a member of the TEMA PPM not to implement Engineering Change Instruction. in November 2009, Toyota NHTSA with FTRs sticking accelerator pedals on in the United States but not with regarding Toyota’s extensive and determinations regarding the cause of the accelerator pedals or an explanation of the of the FTRs .”

Then, Toyota waited three months before with NHTSA, at the agency’s to discuss the sticky pedal in Europe and the U.S. – all the while vehicles with the defect in the This is a violation of federal

So, to recap:

2007 – The problem

January 2008 – Toyota that the problem was in the composition of the lever material and issued an change order.

2008- continues

June 2009 – decides the first change work

May 2009 – Toyota a second material change for the and the Argo

June 15, 2009- initiates a Technical Instruction to distributors in the U.K. and Ireland a temporary field fix involving of the CTS pedal with a modified pedal.

July 2009 – implements rolling design for CTS pedals in Europe, and states it to “commonize the friction lever in used in other markets, the United States.”

September 2009 – Toyota European Technical Instruction to the friction levers

October 7, Someone at the Product Planning and Division (PPM) issues an Change Order to fix the pedal on a manufactured in Canada

October 21, – Someone at PPM rescinds the order

16, 2010 – Irv Miller tells the to come clean

January 19, – Toyota meets with to talk about the problem

21, 2010 – U.S. recall is

Jan. 26, 2010- Toyota selling vehicles with pedals.

Poor Toyota. Why everyone pick on it?

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