Toyota is being fined $17.35 million by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This fine is based on safety defects that were found in 2010 Lexus RX 350 SUVs. Toyota is not getting fined only because the flaws exist, but also because the company failed to report them within a window of 5 business days. The safety issue revolves around the car’s floor mats, which could become tangled up with the accelerator and brake pedals. This causes some drivers to accelerate unintentionally.
Toyota had issued a recall of 150,000 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450 SUVs earlier this year because of the defect. The $17.35 million fine is the highest amount that the NHTSA is legally allowed to levy on the company. Toyotal has agreed to pay the fine, but they have denied that they actually violated the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Toyota also has to meet with the NHTSA every month over the next 6 months to show what they are doing to resolve the issue.