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U.S. Fines Toyota Billion but Defers Criminal Over Vehicle Safety

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Last week was another week concerning the number of malfunctions, bugs and kinks So we decided to devote this IT Hiccups to the U.S. Department of (DoJ’s) controversial announcement week of a massive fine and criminal prosecution as punishment for having misled the National Traffic Safety Administration ) and the public about two safety The deception was part of the automaker’s to beat back claims “sticky pedal” and “floor mat in its vehicles could lead to unintended acceleration (SUA ). We been following the Toyota SUA in the Risk Factor for several .

The DoJ announcement states that “defrauded consumers in the fall of and early 2010 by issuing statements about safety in Toyota and Lexus vehicles.” In Toyota “misled U.S. by concealing and making deceptive about two safety issues its vehicles, each of which a type of unintended acceleration.”

Toyota admitted to the DoJ’s charges in a statement of fact which read in part

“Contrary to public statements Toyota made in late saying it had ‘addressed’ the ‘root of unintended acceleration through a safety recall addressing mat entrapment, Toyota had actually internal tests revealing certain of its unrecalled vehicles design features rendering just as susceptible to floor mat as some of the recalled vehicles. And weeks before these were made, individuals Toyota had taken steps to from its regulator another of unintended acceleration in its vehicles, and apart from floor mat the sticky pedal problem.”

The statement of fact also a January 2010 report of an “smoking gun” discussion a meeting between Toyota and in which “one Toyota was said to exclaim, ‘Idiots! will go to jail if lies are told. I can’t support

The agreement between the DoJ and Toyota Toyota “to pay a $1.2 financial penaltythe largest of its kind ever imposed on an company, and imposes on Toyota an monitor to review and assess practices and procedures relating to safety-related public statements and obligations.” If Toyota abides by the of the agreement and continues to cooperate the U.S. government for the next years, the criminal prosecution be dismissed. The Toyota fine is not in case you are wondering.

U.S. Judge William H. Pauley, who off on the DoJ-Toyota agreement last was quoted in a Wall Street report as saying that activities “painted a reprehensible of corporate misconduct .” In the judge said that, sincerely hope that is not the end but rather the beginning to seek to those individuals responsible for these decisions accountable.”

Toyota declined to make a in regard to the judge’s comments, to let its published statement about the say it all:

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“At the time of recalls, we took full for any concerns our actions may have customers, and we rededicated ourselves to their trust. In the more four years since recalls, we have gone to basics at Toyota to put our customers Importantly, Toyota addressed the pedal and floor mat entrapment with effective and durable and we stand behind the safety and of our vehicles.”

You will no doubt notice there is nothing in this that addresses the other sudden unintended acceleration a supposed hardware and/or defect in Toyota’s electronic system. As I noted at the end of last Toyota and the myriad lawyers it over that allegation are in court-ordered negotiations, even as continues to maintain that isn’t any electronics/software-related SUA defect but human error involved.

commentators at the Wall Street and Washington Times have the agreement an “unjust ” shake-down ” of Toyota. claim is that Toyota did wrong other than as one commentator put it, a “few incidences” its employees “dithered about to report data to [NHTSA] away and took pains to facts to the public in the most light.” In other words, didn’t violate any important procedures in its recall approach, government paperwork requirements, Judge Pauley’s comments to the Toyota, they go on to maintain, agreed to the $1.2 billion and deferred prosecution to put an end to what see as the totally media-inspired public and besmirchment of Toyota’s reputation.

These commentators see GM as the next “victim” of government overreach the Justice Department assesses related to the case of the automaker’s 3-million-vehicle ignition-switch recall. point to the warning that General Eric Holder in the news conference announcing the agreement with Toyota: car companies should not repeat mistake: A recall may damage a reputation, but deceiving your makes that damage far lasting.”

Of course, the “Toyota got crowd don’t say what rise to fraudulent and deceptive on Toyota’s part, or why GM should a pass from the DoJ, in light of GM’s own admissions. lines of reasoning might be convincing if they had.

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