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Toyota to Pay $32.425 Million in Additional Fines over Recalls

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Toyota Media Relations(WASHINGTON) -- Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay the U.S. government a total of $32.425 million in additional penalties stemming from investigations into how the automaker handled two of its recalls.

The Department of Transportation announced Monday that Toyota will pay the maximum fines allowable in both cases for failing to comply with the necessary steps in reporting safety defects to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the first investigation, Toyota was fined $16.375 million for its recall of nearly five million vehicles whose accelerator pedals could become trapped by floor mats.  The second case resulted in a $16.050 million penalty for how the automaker handled a recall involving models whose steering relay rods could break, causing the loss of steering control.

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