Totoya Will Pay Record $17.35 Million In Civil Penalties

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Toyota Motor Corporation has agreed to pay $17.35 million, the maximum fine allowable under the law, in response to the agency’s admission that they failed to report a safety defect to the federal government in a timely manner. This action is the single highest civil penalty amount ever paid to NHTSA for violations stemming from a recall.

Federal law requires all auto manufacturers to notify NHTSA within five business days of determining that a safety defect exists or that the vehicle is not in compliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards and to promptly conduct a recall.

Product liability is so important because these large corporations have to be held accountable for the product they are selling and the consequences that come from them if they are defective. There are rules and regulations that the NHTSA has set to make sure that there are no unnecessary deaths. Toyota has been made an incredible example of how serious this matter is and can become if these rules are not followed

“It’s critical to the safety of the driving public that manufacturers report safety defects in a timely manner,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “Every moment of delay has the potential to lead to deaths or injuries on our nation’s highways.”

When a product fails to perform as promised and causes an injury, illness or loss of life, there are legal actions that must be taken quickly to seek justice for the injured or their families.

If you have been injured because a product was defective, you want compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, disability and pain and suffering. Product liability cases involve a thorough investigation regarding the extent of defects and the resulting liability for the incident.  It is critical to seek the counsel of a detail-oriented product liability attorney with a high degree of experience.  Call me today at (951) 788-8325 to schedule a free case consultation. Don’t go through this alone. Let me help you get you the compensation you deserve.

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