• Apr 11, 2010
Automotive News reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could hit Toyota with another fine on top of the $16.4 million levied last week. As for that most recent fine, turns out that it could have been as much as $13.8 billion, based on Toyota having to pay a fine on each of the 2.3 million cars recalled. A statute, however, limits the amount to the one imposed.

NHTSA isunhappy about the timelines it's putting together of events concerning Toyota's pedal defects. The agency is also miffed about the recent revelation that a Japanese Toyota executive sent a letter last October ordering that engineering changes to accelerator pedals not be carried out in America, even though they were being made in other countries. For the time being, though, Toyota hasn't yet confirmed whether it'll will contest the first fine, and it's clear what the possible second fine is meant to address. If all the involved parties would just get everything on the table, we might have a chance of wrapping this up in 2010.

[Source: Automotive News – sub req'd]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wnder how the NHSTA will get around the double jeopardy issue...
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not double jeopardy because it's two different defects: too close to the floorboard, so needs shortening; sticky friction mechanism, so needs shims.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, it's all about money. Toyota orders a 30% reduction in supplier costs, deliberately stalls on numerous recalls, fights customers tooth and nail in sludge scandal all to save a buck. Yep, it's all about money. The only money they have spent lately is money on adds so you can feel good about the screwing you just experienced.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like Toyota is run by humans after all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Faced with a reputation for offering dull and uninspired automobiles, Toyota did the only thing it could do.... add excitement and surprise with a roll-the-dice acceleration system.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone tell me why the American government is so against Toyota....oh wait it's because they own so much of GM and the only way GM is going to succeed at all is if the reputation of the competition is ruined.

      Good Job.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quote: ""Can someone tell me why the American government is so against Toyota....""



        B.S.

        So far, only the Japanese government has actually brought criminal charges against Toyota executives for covering up safety defects (Tacoma/Hilux steering shaft failures).

        How does that fit your theory?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, the American government is against this because Toyota ignored safety issues and tried to hide them just to save a few bucks, and it got people killed. This is exactly the kind of thing the government should get involved in. Take off your tinfoil hat. If this was about the government owning a 60% stake in GM then the government would just treat GM like Japan treats it's automakers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Everyone SHOULD be against the behavior of Toyota in this. Just as they should be against any other that would have internal memos halting recalls, and even touting the money savings BY doing so.

      • 4 Years Ago
      ruh-rooooo!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is run like the mafia. Never will I buy a Toyota!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @miles I like how you pretty much blame all of Asia with claims of currency manipulation. Because the United States certainly would never participate in any sort of bizarre currency devaluing stuff like pumping trillions of dollars of loan money that doesn't exist into the monetary system at super low interest rates. Right?
        Seriously cut the crap, every country does crap like this so it pretty much all evens out in the end anyways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quote: ""I'm afraid the US has the most criminals in the world, with the US government being the biggest mafia in the world by playing around with the money of US taxpayers.""



        Right.

        Hows that real estate bubble / deflationary collapse working out for you folks?

        Look up where the Nikkei index is today vs. 15 years ago and get back to us.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yongpeng,
        What about currenty manipulation by the Japan-Korea-China? Is that ok?
        That's one of the reasons I'll never buy an asian vehicle, they diddle their currencies in order to import jobs from the rest of the world...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even though I explained to you very clearly and thoroughly how you were wrong the last dozen times you said the same BS, you still keep repeating it. Americans...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...ordering that engineering changes to accelerator pedals not be carried out in America, even though they were being made in other countries..."

      If this is a true statement, Americans should be angered that a foreign company would place their well being below that of citizens in other countries... all for the sake of saving a dollar.

      Will most americans be made aware of this? Will they care? Will it change their buying habits when it comes to cars? Likely not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kinda like Haiti.

        Too Soon?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Kinda like Iraq :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since NHTSA is also feeling the heat, much of this is grandstanding ("See how tough we are?"). Toyota would be wise to pay any fines as fast as possible, especially since even a few dozen million is chump change to them.

      To placate the public (or the media feeding the public), they also should make public firings for every exec involved in the ongoing fiasco. Incentives are helping the current sales, but as GM (and Ford and Chrysler) have shown, once the incentives start the buyers expect them all the time. And if the incentives stop, the sales really drop.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Which is why I've asked before, whats with all the Toyota "Thank you" ads? They've never thanked people in the past. Why now?
      • 4 Years Ago
      For more on Toyota tactics when major problems arise, see these sites:

      http://www.toyotasludge.com/
      http://www.uc2.blogspot.com
      http://www.toyotaoilgel.com
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