Toyota settles for $1.2 billion over criminal investigation
A four-year-long criminal investigation over the Toyota Motor Corp. is ending in a $1.2 billion settlement. Toyota is paying the United States over failure to disclose safety problems regarding unintended acceleration.
Toyota issued recalls in 2009, mostly in the United States, for more than 10 million vehicles. Toyota claimed that the recall regarded faulty brakes, gas pedals, and floor mats.
However, defective computer software was also causing serious problems in the recalled vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association detected the software problem following Toyota’s initial recall.
Toyota agreed to set aside more than $1 billion to pay off Toyota car owners who claimed Toyota’s recalls made them suffer economically and physically.
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