For it’s actions during the Unintended Acceleration scandal, Toyota was fined $1.2 billion dollars, charged with wire fraud, and entered a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the US Department of Justice.
Toyota’s actions lead to vehicle crashes – including the one that caused this 911 call.
Much confusion and misinformation remains about Toyota’s conduct. The Statement of Facts from Toyota’s Deferred Prosection Agreement with the US Department of Justice details Toyota’s illegal actions and is available below. Here are a few excerpts, including one demonstrating that certain Toyota employees view safety recalls as “unnecessary expense”:
– “As set forth in more detail below, TOYOTA is responsible for unlawful activities committed by certain employees that resulted in circumstances in which information was hidden from the public. As evidenced in part by internal company documents, individual employees not only made misleading public statements to TOYOTA’s consumers, but also concealed from TOYOTA’s regulator one safety-related issue (a problem with accelerators getting stuck at partially depressed levels, referred to as “sticky pedal”) and minimized the scope of another (accelerators becoming entrapped at fully or near-fully depressed levels by improperly secured or incompatible floor mats, referred to as “floor mat entrapment”).”
– “From the fall of 2009 through March 2010, TOYOTA misled U.S. consumers by concealing and making deceptive statements about two safety-related issues affecting its vehicles, each of which caused a type of unintended acceleration.”
– “Throughout the summer and fall of 2007, TOYOTA denied the need for any vehicle-based recall related to floor mat entrapment. TOYOTA resisted a recall even though an internal investigation being conducted at the time revealed that certain Toyota and Lexus models, including most of the ones that NHTSA had identified as potentially problematic, had some design features, including an absence of clearance between a fully depressed accelerator pedal and the vehicle floor, that rendered entrapment of the pedal by an unsecured or incompatible AWFM more likely. TOYOTA did not share these results with NHTSA.”
– “TOYOTA decided to suspend the pedal design changes in the United States, and to avoid memorializing that suspension, in order to prevent NHTSA from learning about the sticky pedal problem.”
No Toyota executives faced a trial for their actions during Unintended Acceleration.
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