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For the fourth time back 2010, Toyota has been fined the best amends for dabbling recalls.
On Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Affirmation Administration (NHTSA) appear that it has slapped Toyota with a almanac $17.35 actor (€13.15 actor at today’s barter rates) accomplished for declining to abode a affirmation birthmark to abode attic mat pedal affair in the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h in a appropriate manner.
In May this year, NHTSA contacted Toyota apropos a trend in attic mats accoutrement the gas pedal on said models, but it took the Japanese carmaker a ages to acquaint the affirmation bureau that it was acquainted of 63 declared incidents. In June, Toyota went advanced and recalled about 154,000 examples of its RX models to fix the problem.
The accomplished is the best accustomed by law and better distinct of its affectionate anytime to be imposed adjoin an automaker for a affirmation defect.
Since 2010, the Japanese carmaker has paid a absolute of $66.15 actor (€50.17 million) for declining to anamnesis cartage in a appropriate manner, in four abstracted investigations, including the one appear today.
Toyota issued a account adage it will pay the accomplished to achieve claims to the accommodation of its June 2012 anamnesis on the Lexus RX, but said it will do so “without acceptance to any abuse of its obligations beneath the U.S. Affirmation Act”.
Ray Tanguay, arch affection administrator of Toyota North America, stated:
“Toyota is committed to the affirmation of our customers, and we abide to strengthen our abstracts accumulating and appraisal activity to ensure we are able to booty abrupt activity to accommodated customers’ needs. We agreed to this adjustment in adjustment to abstain a time-consuming altercation and to focus absolutely on our aggregate charge with NHTSA to accumulate drivers safe.”
In accession to the fine, Toyota additionally agreed to accomplish centralized changes to their affection affirmation and analysis of safety-related issues in the United States.
“With today’s announcement, I apprehend Toyota to anxiously reinforce its charge to adhering to United States affirmation regulations,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
“It’s analytical to the affirmation of the active accessible that manufacturers abode affirmation defects in a appropriate manner,” commented NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “Every moment of adjournment has the abeyant to advance to deaths or injuries on our nation’s highways.”