“Toyota to Pay a Record Fine for a Decade of Clean Air Act Violations”

“Toyota’s $180 million settlement with the federal government follows a series of emissions-related scandals in the auto industry.”

“Toyota Motor is set to pay a $180 million fine for longstanding violations of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. attorney’s Office in Manhattan announced on Thursday, the largest civil penalty ever levied for a breach of federal emissions-reporting requirements.

From about 2005 to 2015, the global automaker systematically failed to report defects that interfered with how its cars controlled tailpipe emissions, violating standards designed to protect public health and the environment from harmful air pollutants, according to a complaint filed in Manhattan.

Toyota managers and staff in Japan knew about the practice but failed to stop it, and the automaker quite likely sold millions of vehicles with the defects, the attorney’s office said.”

Hiroko Tabuchi reports for the New York Times January 14, 2021.