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The Justice Department’s Unjust Fine

This article in The Wall Street Journal on 23, 2014.

Toyota has agreed to pay billion and submit to federal for three years to resolve Department charges that it information at the height of a 2009 media furor. A triumph for Or have aggressive federal seized on relatively minor to stampede an image-conscious company a big payout?

In 2011 the National Traffic Safety Administration published a thorough study by its staff of the claims of unintended (UA) in Toyotas. Car and Driver concisely summed up its findings: from situations “caused by hanging up on incorrectly fitted mats, the accidents were by drivers depressing their when they intended to their brakes. ‘Pedal was the DOT’s delicate terminology for phenomenon.”

“ Cost of safety $0. Cost of paperwork violations: billion.”

Nhtsa examined that figured in alleged UA It found no signs that throttles or brakes had failed, and no data indicating sustained at all. Of 40 vehicles with “black-box” data on board, one was a entrapment case. The agency that it “believes that the likely cause of the remaining 39 UA was pedal misapplication.”

The original was set off when a Lexus crashed in San on Aug. 28, 2009. In later both Nhtsa and the San Diego sheriff’s office concluded the car had been fitted out with floor mats belonging to model, trapping a floored

Horrifying as mat-entrapment accidents may be, are rare: The feds have only one fatal Toyota with this pattern than the one in San Diego. There is nothing unusual about claimsthey’ve been lodged Ford, Mercedes, GM, Subaru, basically auto maker.

Toyota had the mat concern as early as 2007 on a model, and now, out of caution, it recalled millions of cars to gas pedals altered so oversize, or otherwise errant mats be less likely to overtake and them.

Nevertheless, the Justice on March 19 announced a one-count fraud indictment of the Japanese simultaneously settled by Toyota’s to pay $1.2 billion. Why the huge Supposedly, the company had made much in extra sales by reassuring the public, Congress and that it was adequately handling the entirely bogus) furor.

According to the Justice narrative, carried out its symbolic mat fix on only models and waited a couple of to flag other models freak mat accidents might as easily happen. Yet there’s no evidence that Toyota’s mat fix averted even one serious let alone that extending it to a few other cars slightly would have mattered. The way to lower this kind of all the way to zeroin any vehiclewould be to ban mats or put the pedals somewhere other on the floor.

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Manhattan U.S. Preet Bharara’s statement of facts fulminates about a supposed coverup, that of pedal” syndrome: unwanted might make some gas stick on the way back up. Toyota Nhtsa about sticky-pedal in 2009, but the feds complain the company should have clean a few weeks earlier that.

Left out of all this is the conclusion in the Nhtsa’s 2011 report: was no evidence sticky pedals a role in any of the accidents. The agency acknowledges that sticky or a gas pedal can be overridden by properly brakes.

Toyota’s cars are unsafe. For the 2001-04 model for example, Toyota and Lexus for five of the 12 models with the death rates per driver and zero of the 12 with the highest. But the is a multinational whose bottom depends on a return to good and putting legal troubles it in the huge U.S. market.

The maker has agreed not to contest a few in which employees hid the ball regulatorsperhaps the worst being an where an aborted minor of a pedal design was not to be revealed to because that would informing Nhtsa tooand instances where employees about whether to report to the agency right away and pains to present facts to the in the most flattering light.

Were these episodes than what you’d from a large firm on a footing responding to rapid demands? Maybe. Did they any real-world safety outcomes? the Justice Department, trying to its billion-dollar legal mugging, credibly claim they

Toyota employees aren’t the ones capable of hiding the and presenting contestable data in the flattering light. Justice’s self-congratulatory press release to some lengths to plant the being accepted as fact in of the pressthat unintended acceleration is mysterious phenomenon of auto unrelated to flooring the accelerator. own 2011 report gives good reason to know

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