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Toyota Slapped with Maximum Fine

The Department of Transportation (DOT) hit Toyota with a record-setting $16.4 million civil penalty Monday over delays in reporting the "sticky pedal" defect that led to acceleration problems in its vehicles.

Documents show Toyota knew of the pedal defect at least as early as September 29, 2009, but failed to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the defect for at least four months, according to a DOT statement. Car manufacturers must notify NHTSA of safety defects within five business days of discovering them.

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