U.S. government fines Toyota $17.4 million for delaying safety issues…

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U.S. government fines $17.4 million for delaying issues

Toyota was fined by the government for delaying safety and other issues related to safety. The Associated Press

(AP) — The U.S. government has Toyota Motor Corp. a record $17.4 million for failing once again to report problems to federal and for delaying a safety recall.

The from the National Highway Safety Administration, the agency monitors vehicle safety, is the allowed by law. It’s the fine levied against in the past two years for similar and it’s the largest single ever assessed against a car over safety defects. In Toyota paid a total of million in fines for three

The latest infraction raises about whether the fines are big to deter automakers that information from NHTSA, and the government agency can do enough to repeat offenses. The fine, Tuesday, is a tiny fraction of earnings. The company, which year regained its position as the biggest automaker, posted a billion profit in the third alone.

Toyota said it to pay the penalty without admitting any of the law. It also pledged to data collection and evaluation to sure it takes action quickly.

We agreed to this in order to avoid a time-consuming and to focus fully on our shared with NHTSA to keep safe, Ray Tanguay, the company’s quality officer, said in a A spokesman at the Toyota’s U.S. in Torrance, Calif. did not answer questions.

The latest fine stems a June recall of SUVs Toyota’s Lexus luxury About 154,000 of the 2010 Rx 350s and RX 450h models recalled because the driver’s-side mats can trap the gas pedal and the vehicles to speed up without The problem was similar to troubles 2010 that prompted a of embarrassing safety recalls by the

Toyota has recalled more 14 million vehicles globally to fix gas pedals and floor mats. The tarnished the company’s sterling for reliability and cut into sales. its sales have rebounded as it to put the safety problems in the rear-view

But NHTSA said Tuesday Toyota failed to report problems in the Lexus SUVs five business days of them, as required by U.S. The agency said it began the SUVs early this after receiving complaints consumers. In May, the agency Toyota about the problem, and it the company a month to report 63 of floor mats trapping gas NHTSA said.

With announcement, I expect Toyota to reinforce its commitment to adhering to States safety regulations, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in the statement.

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Toyota, NHTSA said, in a settlement to make internal to comply with U.S. The agency said it will watching consumer complaints and make sure automakers the law.

Every moment of has the potential to lead to deaths or on our nation’s highways, NHTSA David Strickland said in the about the fines, which are penalties and not criminal.

In an August Jim Lentz, Toyota’s highest-ranking executive, told The Associated that the company was obeying the law in information to NHTSA.

The fact of every quarter all the information we have on any type of inspection or we’ve had with vehicles, get reported to NHTSA, said president and CEO of Toyota Motor U.S.A. The question is in NHTSA’s should the recall have done earlier or not might be a story. That I really comment on.

In 2010, Toyota paid two million fines and one $16 million all for reporting violations. NHTSA at the time that the company report problems with gas pedals in a timely manner, nor did it problems with floor trapping gas pedals. Toyota told NHTSA that a of commercial trucks in Japan for a problem did not affect U.S. But a year later, the company similar vehicles in the U.S.

Next year, the maximum NHTSA can assess will to $35 million.

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