Toyota Slapped With $17.35 Million Recall Fine

Toyota started recalling vehicles for floormat-related unintended acceleration problems in summer 2009. Fast forward two years — it waited until June 2012 to add the Lexus RX crossover to the list — and the automaker is now paying a hefty price for the delay. 

The automaker has agreed to pay $17.35 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, settling claims related to the timeliness of the recall that affected 2010 RX 350 and 450h vehicles. Under federal law, automakers have five days to notify NHTSA after finding a safety defect.

According to a NHTSA statement, it's the maximum fine allowed by the law and "represents the single highest civil penalty amount ever paid to NHTSA for violations stemming from a recall."

The June 2012 recall affected 131,800 model-year 2010 RX 350 and 22,200 RX 450h SUVs; consumers complained that driver-side floormats crept forward and got stuck under the accelerator. So far, more than 7 million vehicles have been recalled due to pedal-entrapment issues, and this isn't Toyota's first fine related to unintended acceleration.

In 2010, Toyota was also fined $48.8 million for failing to recall millions of vehicles in a timely manner in three separate cases. According to NHTSA, the violations stemmed from delayed pedal entrapment, sticky pedal and steering relay rod recalls.

"We agreed to this settlement in order to avoid a time-consuming dispute and to focus fully on our shared commitment with NHTSA to keep drivers safe," Ray Tanguay, chief quality officer of Toyota North America, said in a statement. The automaker also agreed to make changes to its quality assurance program and how it reviews safety-related issues.

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I used to hate toyota , but after the recall I saw how they fixed all targeted cars globally which showes how much they care . On the other hand amercan cars only gets recalled and fixed in the US only .

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Our Toyota Tacoma took off on us (accelerated) while i was driving in the parking lot at Food Maxx. I almost hit two parked cars. Good thing there were no children around in the parking lot. We took the tacoma to the Toyota Dealer the following day. They claim there is nothing wrong with the toyota. Also one of the Toyota workers said that problem only occurs with young people and old people. It was as if the toyota had a mind of its own, when it took off.

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