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Toyota continues to suffer massive headaches over something as seemingly innocent as floor pads. Improperly installed mats have been blamed for many occurrences of unintended acceleration, some with lethal effects. The auto producer is now being hit with the maximum fine levied by federal authorities for not informing them of the defect in a timely manner. Have you been looking to sell or purchase a new or used [url=http://www.cardealexpert.com/news-information/fyi/gus-johnson-ford-172-2/]2010 Ford Ranger Spokane[/url]? If this could be you, learn more on our websites at CarDealExpert.com!
[b]Toyota and unintended accelerations[/b]
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated Ford in 2008 when a crash killed four people in California. Dealerships like [url=http://www.cardealexpert.com/dealer/80714/WA-Edmonds-Magic-Scion]Magic Toyota Scion, Edmunds, WA[/url] ended up dealing with more than 10 million cars in recalls because of the problem. Apparently the floor mats bunched up and jammed the accelerator in place, leading to the largest recall Toyota ever had. After that, more investigations and recalls followed.
[b]Huge fee given[/b]
In the past few years, Ford has been required to pay $48.8 million in fines for not reporting troubles in the five business day time frame required by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Now, the NHTSA is assigning another fee of $17.35 million for not reporting more floor mat dangers fast enough in June.
Apparently, safety regulators have had it up to here with Toyota's procrastination.
According to Edmunds senior analyst Michelle Krebs, the government is obviously fining Toyota harshly for this reason.
It's all about public safety, said David Strickland, head of the NHTSA:
"It's critical to the safety of the driving public that manufacturers report safety defects in a timely manner. Every moment of delay has the potential to lead to deaths or injuries on our nation's highways."
In 2009, Toyota found out about the issue but did not say anything until it got some consumer grievances, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. There were 63 incidents of floor mats jamming the accelerator in the 2010 Lexus RX 350, according to AOL Autos. The 2010 Lexus RX350 and Lexus RX450h cars were recalled in June because of the complaints. There were 154,000 impacted vehicles.
Even with some slips, Toyota is still concentrate on safety:
"Toyota is dedicated to the safety of our customers," said Ray Tanguay, chief quality officer of Toyota North America. "And we continue to strengthen our data collection and evaluation process to ensure we are prepared to take swift action to meet customers' needs."
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[b]Troubles to continue in the future[/b]
Toyota will be dealing with the troubles for a while still. Paul Van Alfen was a 66-year-old man in Utah who was killed with his son’s fiancé in an out of control Lexus. Now, the man’s family will be taking Toyota to court over the issue.