Toyota To Pay $16.4 Million For Delay In Reporting Defective Pedals

A Transportation Department official says Toyota is expected to agree to a fine of more than $16 million for a four-month delay in telling the government about defective gas pedals on its vehicles.

Toyota faces a Monday deadline to accept or contest a record $16.4 million fine over evidence it knew about sticking gas pedals in September. It did not issue a recall until January.

The Transportation official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

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  • by Who Cares Location: Washington on Apr 20, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    How about the domestic car companies that have problems and don't do anything about them, why not fine Chevrolet for the sorry intake gaskets that they should have had a recall on but haven't, costing their customers millions in repairs?
  • by DORA on Apr 19, 2010 at 08:39 AM
    well, i have a 1989 toyota truck and the accerator never stops. it is like you dont have to press it. i can put it in gear and it just take off without ever touching the pedal. I am afraid for anyone else to drive it.
  • by Vance on Apr 19, 2010 at 07:31 AM
    I have owned 11 cars and all but one(a corsica) of the cars the pedal stuck a little and one would accelerate it was an oldsmoble.They did not go to the extremes of these cars though.Never the less you get good and bad in all of them.One has to be the worse and it happens to be toyota.Like Stan says just Buy American.Stan the $16.4 million will go to Obongas Car take over of you know who.So buy a FORD
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    Carla: you would sell a car you consider dangerous to someone else? How about taking it in and getting it fixed under the recall, before you put someone else in danger.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    During world war 2 we had jeeps drive all day on one tank of gas.60 years later we get 20 to 30 miles per gal.thats all cars too all over the world.Could it be the big oil industries? cars could get more per gallon if the wanted to make them that way.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 19, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    The fine only means that the cost of a new vehicle will go up. As all ways, the consumer pays either at the dealer or at tax time. Why not make this a stimulus and give the money to the people who bought Toyotas. As the old saying goes: "When they are down , kick them again". Need to fire all Toyota executives that worked during this problem. The government is penalizing all the people at Toyota and not just the ones that made the dicision.
  • by CARLA on Apr 19, 2010 at 06:39 AM
    Well, I have a 1999 Toyotta corolla that I bought about a year ago and the acceration petal has always wanted to feel alittle "spongy". It is like you could barely hit the petal and it would take off. also the motor racees without even hitting the accelerator. Car has always scared me so I felt like this was probaly close to the same problem they have been a having with all of these cars. It's dangerous. I have stopped driving mine and trying to sell it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    Industry analysts had already begun predicting that Ford would overtake Toyota in quality and surpass them in U.S. sales even when the initial problem was stated to be floormats. Ford is poised to have a prosperous decade much like they did in the eighties and obviously many Americans appreciate the fact that Ford management was able to avoid governmental bailout money. I know I'll likely buy a Ford next time around. They just seem to be the automaker on top of their game right now.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Apr 19, 2010 at 05:42 AM
    A relevant question is, How will the $16.4 million fine be spent buy the government?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 at 04:57 AM
    Who will GM & FORD pay their fines to for all the times they messed up? (Planned obsolescence)
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