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Gov't considers 2nd civil penalty against Toyota

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says in a letter to Toyota that it's considering a second civil penalty against the automaker. Toyota is already facing a fine of more than $16 million for failing to promptly notify the government about defective gas pedals.

The Transportation Department told Toyota in a letter this week that accelerator pedals involved in the recall exhibited two separate defects that may require two separate remedies.

The government also says if there weren't a cap of about $16.4 million on fines, Toyota could have faced civil penalties of $13.8 billion. That's because the government could fine the company $6,000 for each of the 2.3 million vehicles under recall.

Toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide.

 

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

AP-NY-04-09-10 1716EDT

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