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Only 16 mil?

Toyota fined $16.4M, accused of hiding defect

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration today fined Toyota $16.4 million for a four-month delay in announcing defective accelerator pedals in 2.3 million vehicles that could trigger sudden acceleration – and warned that more could be coming.

The fine, the largest ever levied by U.S. auto safety regulators against an automaker, forces Toyota to either accept a government judgment that it ignored U.S. consumer complaints of a safety problem or fight a high-profile court battle with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The world’s largest automaker declined to say what its next step would be.</em>

That’s it? Possibly killing people by inaction and deception, and they get fined an amount they can pay out of petty cash? Bullshit.


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