Toyota, Lexus Trip Again on Floor-Mat Issue in Record U.S. Safety Fine

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Toyota, Lexus Trip on Floor-Mat Issue in Record Safety Fine

Posted by Buss on December 18, 2012 PM

Toyota may be on the rise again in the market, but it still can’t get the thing right.

The automaker has been ordered to pay a record of $17.35 million for failing to a safety defect to the U.S. in a timely manner, the U.S. of Transportation said . The fine is a civil penalty for a single and the maximum that the federal can assess.

And the thing is, the fine relates to the troubled region of its automobiles the between floor mats and pedals that was behind ‘s catastrophic unintended-acceleration in 2010 and the company’s payment of $50 million in total fines for violations on sticking gas pedals and other matters.

The latest stems from a June recall by Toyota addressing the for accelerator-pedal entrapment caused by or incompatible driver’s side mats in the 2010 Lexus RX 350 (at America’s best-selling luxury model and the RX 450h, a hybrid of the same model.

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Safety is our highest priority, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a statement about Toyotasettlement with the DOT’s Highway Traffic Safety With today’s announcement, I Toyota to rigorously reinforce its to adhering to United States regulations.

Toyota said that it admit to any violation of its obligations the U.S. Safety Act. We to this settlement in order to a time-consuming dispute and to focus on our shared commitment. to keep safe, Ray Tanguay, chief officer of Toyota North said in a brief statement .

is an interesting time in the long between federal regulators and the industry. Overall, the government’s seems to be toughening — an consistent with an Obama that has been much hands-on with industry its predecessor, hence the weekly of recalls (Mercedes-Benz also recalled 5,800 cars for fuel leaks). Most the Environmental Protection Administration, for called Hyundai on fudging statements for some of its most models.

As for Toyota: The company continues to problems for itself trying to navigate the U.S. safety-regulatory But if American consumers don’t Toyota and Lexus for their in 2010 and recent strong and market-share figures suggest the brands and their products now are a pass by U.S. consumers on issue then the company may be in the pocketbook after the most fines, but no less optimistic its future.

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