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Toyota $1.2 billion to escape for defect deaths and injuries

By Cogan

21 March 2014

The US Department announced on Wednesday Toyota will pay a $1.2 fine in exchange for a criminal charge being “deferred” for years and ultimately dropped. The stems from a protracted by Toyota of safety problems from driver-side floor and accelerator systems installed in models.

US Attorney General Holder told journalists: than promptly disclosing and safety issues about they were aware, made misleading public to consumers and gave inaccurate to members of Congress.” FBI assistant George Venizelos declared: put sales and profits over The disregard Toyota had for the safety of the was outrageous. Not only did Toyota to recall cars with parts, they continued to new cars with the same they knew were

The fine is being touted as the ever levied on an auto but it is less than 10 percent of 2013 worldwide profits. The administration’s rhetoric aside, will face any criminal for actions that have in deaths, injuries and trauma for of people. Toyota North chief legal officer, P. Reynolds, welcomed the settlement, it “a major step toward this unfortunate chapter us.”

The issue only to public prominence when Saylor, a California Highway Officer, was … with his in a horrific crash in San Diego on 29, 2009. A subsequent US National Traffic Safety Administration investigation concluded that the pedal in Saylor’s vehicle entrapped with the floor

Those … included wife Cleofe, 45; daughter 13; and brother-in-law, Chris Lastrella, 35. 911 emergency call minutes his … was broadcast across the States and around the world: in a Lexus… our accelerator is stuck. no brakes… We’re approaching the Hold on and pray, pray,

The NHTSA had opened investigations in into complaints about accelerations by Lexus ES350s, a sedan, but did not pursue them. conducted its own investigation the same and discovered that “potentially … design features made gas entrapment ‘likely’.” Toyota did not the NHTSA. Instead, it assured the that no recalls were In Europe, Toyota moved to fix the but took no such steps in the US.

In 2009, following the Saylor Toyota finally issued a of the floor mats of 4.2 million of nine separate models between 2004 and 2010. The advised people to remove the mats, implying that was the of the safety issue. The top-selling model was not included in the recall, a Toyota engineer having that it was among the most to the accelerator pedal becoming with the floor mat.

On 4, 2009, the NHTSA belatedly to the safety dangers. It labelled recall notice as “inaccurate and The actual defect in the vehicles was not the mat, but the design of the accelerator The dangers were exacerbated by the of any obvious means for drivers duress to override a stuck There was no brake override to cut engine power if both the and brake were depressed.

The Los Angeles Times reported on 8, 2009 that Toyota had 1,200 complaints of unintended since 2001, relying on the dismissal of reports that did not stop when the brakes applied. A Toyota spokesman to the LA Times that the brakes ineffective when a vehicle was at wide open throttle. It had to be put neutral first. The only way to off the engine altogether was the little-known of depressing the keyless ignition for three seconds.

On November 29, the newspaper reported that had been 19 deaths since related to unintended acceleration in compared with 11 deaths in produced by other manufacturers.

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On December 26, 2009, a Toyota one of the models included in the recall, into a lake in Texas, Monty Hardy, Hadassah Sharon Ransom and Wendy A witness recounted that the careered at high speed a stop sign and smashed a fence before hurtling the water. Hardy’s wife the media that her husband had of the car’s accelerator sticking. Its mats were found in the

In January 2010, Toyota recalls of 2.3 million vehicles of models, including Corollas, between 2005 and 2010. It that as well as the dangers with the floor mats, “a set of conditions” could exist in accelerator pedals could slow to return or stuck in a position. The seriousness of the defect was in Toyota’s explanations to the NHTSA, prompting one of its employees to tell the “Someone will go to … if are repeatedly told. I can’t this.”

The recall was eventually extended to sold in Europe and Asia. allegations were raised the source of the problem lay in the drive-by-wire, throttle system. Toyota to deny these allegations.

recalls were issued by in 2013 over defective after receiving complaints for at two years. In February this the company recalled 1.9 million hybrids sold internationally, due to a flaw that could the vehicles to completely shut even while being at high speeds.

In 2013, paid out $1.6 billion to hundreds of civil claims the acceleration defects. It also some $66 million in fines to the It still faces large of civil actions. None of the responsible for ignoring complaints safety will face sanction, however, as a result of the administration’s decision.

Across the industry, the Toyota settlement is as a precedent that can also General Motors’ management any culpability for ignition switch and air bag defects. Attorney General told journalists on Wednesday the deal would “serve as a for how we treat cases with situated companies. Other car should not repeat Toyota’s

As in the case of Toyota, GM was aware of the switch problems as early as It did not issue a recall of 1.6 million vehicles until last The Center for Auto Safety that 303 people have in crashes in which air bags to deploy in the recalled GM models.

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