A Toyota emissions settlement for $180 million has been reached between the automaker, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for emissions violations of the Clean Air Act.
Prosecutors and regulators allege Toyota ignored emissions laws for 10 years by failing to report recalls and defects related to the emissions systems.
The $180 million penalty is the largest civil penalty for violations of federal emissions-reporting requirements.
According to regulators at the EPA, Toyota spent 10 years failing to report mandatory information about potential defects, allegedly "keeping the agency in the dark and evading oversight.”
Toyota allegedly routinely failed to file an estimated 300 reports related to the federal Clean Air Act, while certain documents were eventually filed eight years late. And court documents allege millions of Toyota vehicles were involved from at least 2005 to 2015.
Toyota and EPA representatives met in 2002 regarding emissions defects and how information was received from dealerships. Based on warranty claims, the government told Toyota...