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Toyota Pays Record-Setting $16.4 Million Fine


Posted on May 05, 2010

After a spring filled with various recalls and resultant legal battles, Toyota has agreed to pay a $16.4 million fine levied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in connection with the massive Toyota recalls of 2010.

The auto manufacturer said that while they would pay the record fine, they were not admitting to accusations that Toyota purposely hid evidence of the defects and various safety issues with the recalled vehicles.

Los Angeles Times
reports that problems with sudden acceleration issues led to the recall of more than 2.3 million Toyota vehicles. Some NHTSA officials have asserted that Toyota knew about the problems with faulty accelerator pedals for at least 4 months before taking action. Federal law dictates that an auto manufacturer must make such issues known within 5 business days.

For months, reports have been streaming in from across the country of Toyota owners experiencing unintended and unexpected acceleration in their vehicles. This unintended acceleration can lead to car crashes with fatal consequences. There have been numerous lawsuits filed against Toyota for consumer safety breaches and product liability.

Although Toyota continues to deny guilt, many are saying that by paying the fine, they have made a very public acknowledgement that the law was broken. In turn, those seeking compensation from Toyota for accidents with recalled Toyota vehicles may use the NHTSA payment as evidence in personal injury and product liability claims against the automaker.

The Philadelphia injury lawyers at White & Williams LLP are well-versed in product liability cases and can talk to you about your accident and your options for legal recourse. Contact us today - 1-877-944-8396.

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