Report: Toyota may be fined a second time by the NHTSA

Toyota may now be fined a second time for failing to alert the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that its gas pedals may get stuck and cause unintended acceleration. The NHTSA originally announced a record $16.4 million civil penalty against Toyota earlier this week for failing to disclose information on the issue. That same letter said that the NHTSA may add an additional fine on the same pedals.

The letter said that the Toyota vehicle pedals “had two separate defects that may require two separate remedies.”

Toyota has recalled more than 8 million cars and trucks worldwide for two defects that may cause unintended acceleration. CEO and President Akio Toyoda admitted that his failed to share defect information adequately among regional units.

– By: Stephen Calogera

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