Toyota Pays $17 Million Fine Over ‘Timeliness’ Of Recall

December 18, 2012 2:35 PM

Toyota Pays $17 Million Fine Over ‘Timeliness’ Of Recall
" Back in June, Toyota added the 2010 Lexus RX to a long list of vehicles that were recalled due to problems with accelerator pedals sticking beneath floor mats.

That was unusual because Toyota launched the recall more than two years earlier, in the winter of 2010. To the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2010 RX seemed a little late to the party.

In fact, NHTSA found Toyota’s addition of the RX so late that it slapped the automaker with a fine — a fine that Toyota has now agreed to pay.

In a very short statement released today, the automaker says:

“Toyota has agreed to make a payment of $17.35 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to settle claims related to the timeliness of its June 2012 recall to address the potential for accelerator pedal entrapment caused by unsecured or incompatible driver’s side floor mat in the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h, without admitting to any violation of its obligations under the U.S "

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