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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department announced a $1.2 billion settlement Wednesday with Toyota under which the company admitted to misleading customers and U.S. regulators about safety issues related to unintended acceleration problems.

The settlement, which includes a deferred prosecution agreement, ends a four-year probe by the FBI and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney.

At first, Toyota blamed it on the floor mat. But if it was removed there was still a possibility the gas pedal would get stuck.

The recall included millions of cars and trucks, including the 2009 to 2010 Tundra.

The Japanese automaker recalled millions of cars from 2009 to 2010 following complaints of sudden, unintended acceleration.

For years, Toyota did little beyond changing floor mats. In 2010, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated 89 deaths linked to unintended acceleration.

In August 2009, a family of three died in a car crash in San Diego caused by a faulty gas pedal on their Lexus. If your accelerator gets stuck, experts say don’t panic and don’t turn the car off.

No reports of any recent accelerator problems. Following the recall, Toyota did make modifications to gas pedals and floor mats, which is standard on its new models.



  • Robert Gift

    I doubt that there were any unintended accelerations caused by the vehicle.
    So sorry about the family which died.
    They need merely have moved the gear shift lever from DRIVE to NEUTRAL.

  • Snarky Cosmos

    So my questions are:

    Will Eric Holder and the Justice Department hold GM’s feet to the fire over faulty airbags and ignition switches dating back to at least 2004 if not earlier?

    Was the current GM airbags/switch fiasco the reason Captain Zero dumped all of the government’s GM stock for a $10 billion loss last year?

    General Mediocrity – Mark of Excrement

  • Codswallop Hogwash

    Actually not a single one was tied to a defect in Toyota. This is a government scam.
    It is high time Americans woke up to what is going on in Government under Obama – wholesale theft.
    This is the most dishonest government we have ever seen.

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