CAS Statement on Toyota/DOJ Criminal Settlement

 

Immediate Release: 3/19/14.  Contact:  202-328-7700

 

Statement of CAS Executive Director Clarence Ditlow on Department of Justice-Toyota Settlement

 

The Justice Department settlement with Toyota is a complete game changer.  Until today, auto makers faced insignificant fines and no criminal penalties under the Vehicle Safety Act.1  Today’s fine of $1.2 billion against Toyota makes the $35 million maximum fine that NHTSA can impose seem like chump change.  The deferred prosecution on the wire fraud charge means auto executives face the real life threat of going to jail for concealing safety defects in the future.  Senator Vance Hartke and Representative Tip O’Neill who pushed for criminal penalties in the 1966 Vehicle Safety Act today see their efforts to restrain corporate auto crime were not made in vain.”

United States of America v. Toyota Motor Corporation, Information

Statement of Facts

Deferred Prosection Agreement

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1 The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, Pub. L. No. 89-563 (Sep. 9, 1966).

 

http://www.autosafety.org/cas-statement-toyotadoj-criminal-settlement



1The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966.