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It looks like Toyota isn't finished shelling out cold, hard cash for its transgressions in handling its recalls. According to the Associated Press, the automaker has agreed to pay another $32.4 million in civil penalties. The money will effectively settle an inquiry into how Toyota handled recalls associated with both sticking accelerator pedals and faulty steering rods. The new penalty is stacked on top of the already record-setting $16.4 million that Toyota paid earlier this year, and brings the grand total up to a hefty $48.8 million. Even with that steep price tag, AP says that by agreeing to pay the fines, Toyota isn't admitting to any wrongdoing.
The federal government contends that Toyota failed to notify officials in a timely manner when the automaker discovered potential safety defects. Meanwhile, Toyota seems to be willing to do whatever it takes to put the safety fiasco behind it so that the company can move forward.

[Source: AOL Autos]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's amazing how many people associate mass media reporting with "fact". At best, it's an effort to sell subscriptions and generate advertising revenue with knee-jerk inflamatory headlines.

      Fact is - any business will settle a dispute of this nature with the government in order to get them off their back. It's a financial decision...pay the legal fees and protract the dispute for years -vs- pay LaHood's bandits and be done with it. Frequently it's cheaper to settle and move on to business. Lawyers do (and recommend) this practice all the time. Ford's done it. GM's done it. Even Mitsubishi's done it. Now Toyota's done it. It's what any smart business does. Because...this is the CAR BUSINESS.

      Fact is - it takes any company a (relatively) long bit of time to hear about customer product concerns, identify a pattern, research it, identify the true cause, provide a remedy, and prevent if from happening again. This stuff doesn't happen over night unless you're one-man-show. It can take months - even years to identify and resolve. How long did it take Ford to identify and resolve their "Exploder" issues - which was only worsened by Ford passing the buck to Firestone even though they made the product to Ford's spec and Ford underinflated them. This too years to resolve. And seamingly here at AutoBlog...only a few years to completely forget.

      I have seen so little fact on the recall matters that I (and you should too) wonder whether we'd be better off picking up the National Inquirer.

      Go to the source and ask for product opinions from the people who buy and use them. Toyota owners are still the most loyal. There's a good reason for that...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good luck asking those that are no longer among the living....... wake up, Toyota has cost many people their lives. I hope they get what's coming to them, that would be prison time for some.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota just found out that America is not as naive as Japan. They will pay any price to keep pushing their crap on us, and sadly, some suckers will still buy it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right...except that if they were truly pushing "crap", no one would have bought their products...if you'd like to know more about this phenomenon, I'm sure someone from GM or Chrysler would be happy to fill you in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see we have at least 2 suckers present and accounted for. Please continue to purchase their overrated garbage so they continue to produce garbage and continue their downward spiral. Sales figures don't lie, Toyota is in decline.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't become one of the largest automakers by pushing crap. Go drown yourself in some Haterade.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is not a shakedown, Toyota deserves every dime they have to shell out. Watch the video of a father that lost his son due to Toyota hiding their trash.

      http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/RunawayToyotas/toyota-pays-maximum-32-million-fine-safety-defect/story?id=12445963&tqkw=&tqshow=
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks CDB, the paid and non-paid Toyota protectors are out in full force when an article like this appears, as you can see. NO DISSENT ALLOWED.
        Some of them are inventive in their replies, and some are simply lock step "Toyotistes", similar to the frolicking boys that you see in the reports from Pongyang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The Washington Post says that by agreeing to pay the fines, Toyota isn't admitting to any wrongdoing."

      Like WTF? Do companies really think that everyone is as oblivious to the real meaning as they are? If you didn't do anything wrong, why would you pay the fine? Because you felt like it? I highly doubt it ...

      While I know that companies do learn their lessons from situations like this, it does make you wonder what price tag is placed on the safety of their products, and ultimately, the safety of the individual using the said product.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Like WTF? Do companies really think that everyone is as oblivious to the real meaning as they are? If you didn't do anything wrong, why would you pay the fine? Because you felt like it? I highly doubt it ..."

        Oh come on that's so naive. Give some money to the bankrupt US government or get shut out of the market. Gee, I guess Toyota should fight for the sake of pride.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's more for legal reasons than public relations.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Watch the lemmings miss the point.

      3 concrete examples where Toyota put the safety of their customers on the back burner.

      If this was a domestic company you'd see people taking to the streets. Either way, the sum totoal of Toyota's faill from grace is only that they are as arrogant and shady as many thought they were.

      It is too bad validation had to come with people dying.

      Merry Christmas Toyota.. DIAF.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why all this hate for Toyota? relax buddy, they aren't out to get you. Since Toyota's been on a recalling frenzy with about 15 of their cars (almost the whole lineup?), I'd expect the news and the people around me telling me stories about how unreliable the cars are, but I haven't.

        Could it be that Toyota is recalling anything and everything that might not have any issues but in order to make it bulletproof, they're recalling the cars to make them even sturdier? Or were they intentionally hiding the fact quality went down over the years and are now addressing the issues since they've been caught? Not sure, but I've yet to hear on the news or otherwise about Toyota's reliability problems.. other than the phantom UA problem that has yet to be proven. It's already known that one case was a dealership's mistake and the other cases have mostly been senile people who slammed on the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal.

        Did you caught up in the media hype and now have a thirst for Toyota's blood? Just don't buy em dude! No one is putting a gun to your head and making you get one. If an d when their cars are maiming/killing people because they are such crapboxes, the public will find out and no one will buy them anymore.

        So relax and enjoy you're other make.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry Les,

        Factually not reporting safety recall data to the government is not media hype. It is illegal, unethical, and potentially can get people killed.

        Sorry. I'm not a lemming.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Toyota Tacoma is the best, most reliable, cost effective vehicle I have ever owned.

        This crybaby crap is comical. Boohoo! You can get killed walking your doggy down the street, so everybody just shut up! It put dumb asses that didn't know what to do in danger, and my last trip down the road tells me we could loose a few!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Factually not reporting safety recall data to the government is not media hype."

        I believe they were late on reporting it and that's why they were fined. You can speculate all you want on whether it was intentionally late to deceive the public or they knew about the problem but couldn't handle it in a timely fashion.

        Oh btw, I think what you're trying to get at is something all car manufacturers do. They are profit driven corporations that will do anything in their power to keep their shareholders happy.

        Unfortunately, the only people we know that were injured/killed were either driver error and one case of dealership error. Nothing has been proven and though late, Toyota has recalled their "deathtrap" cars. Yeah, I'm pretty sure there was some media hype.





        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you seriously believe what you say Tricky?
        If you expect something like "ethical", or "moral" from corporations both domestic and foreign, you are living in a fantasy world.
        Of course they tried to cover up their mistakes. Every dosmetic automakers do as well.
        I'm not saying this is right, but you have to look at the whole picture here.
        Jeez.. Are we back in 1980's?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Slap on the wrist .. ironically probably 1/20th what they have paid to their lawyers to keep the clatter down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The government is a bunch of thugs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota doesn't live in the US, it's not helping them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then move out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bunch of haters. Word to CoupeDeBill, caddy-v, Black&Blue, and Wally.
      • 4 Years Ago
      According to Toyota press release 2010, Toyota Corporate employs 28,700 Americans down from a high of 36,000.
      You might have Toyota's back, but they have your bent over backside.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "At Toyota, we're currently investing one million dollars an hour to enhance the safety and technology of our vehicles."

      A fine? No problem...they'll have it paid off in a day and a half.
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