Judge: Toyota staff should be held responsible for wrongdoing

A judge wants Toyota (TM) employees to be held responsible for the car-maker misleading consumers about the sudden acceleration in its cars in the late 2000s, which has been linked to the death of five people and led to a massive recall.

District Judge William Pauley expressed the hope as he approved a $1.2B penalty that the company has agreed to pay for its wrongdoing.

However, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said that while he wasn't "foreclosing anything," he believed that the settlement is the "final resolution" of the case.

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  • monkey see
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    Money talks. Everyone walks!
    21 Mar 2014, 03:33 AM Reply Like
  • yutah
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    right & we all know the employees don't make the decisions the upper echlon does so here again hold someone accountable but not the ones making the call......sickening!!!!!! either this judge is just trying to look good or he really hasn't a clue, in which case he shouldn't be a judge!!!!!
    21 Mar 2014, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • ltrguy85
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    Exactly. Toyota lied, people died.
    21 Mar 2014, 10:42 AM Reply Like
  • rararocket
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    Toyota should realize by now the case is rigged against them in the US.
    All tests conducted by NHTSA and other independent labs found the acceleration issue (conveniently changed from "sticking accelerators" to" sudden acceleration") uncovered no mfg. defect and in the vast majority of investigations into individual complaints found driver error to be the culprit.
    The media went on a feeding frenzy culminated by ABC doctoring test video to "prove" of a mfg. defect and was later forced to admit the deception. No feeding frenzy on their deception!
    There have been no like issues outside of the US. Trial lawyers and unions anyone?
    Of course Toyota took the deal, $1.2B to call off the dogs (govt., lawyers and unions).
    Have not seen much outrage re the, admitted by GM, ignition defect which actually killed people, and was known about for years.
    Who has a stake in GM? We all know that answer.
    All of this has led to a battering of the stock which was the intended consequence and very successful.
    Lesson; do not build a non UAW auto plant in the US
    Still long TM but suffering.


    21 Mar 2014, 12:14 PM Reply Like
  • Morrie
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    Also long TM; please, someone show some scientific evidence that these unattended acceleration cases represent reality. In 2006 I bought a Toyota product and knowing where I live (lots of fir tree debris, mud, gunk) I replaced the floor mats with a black vinyl rubber hard aftermarket mat that is tethered at its rear and works well. The original mats are like new and reside in the trunk. Again: someone show the proven evidence that Toyota failed. Also, if Toyota is treated this way, lets be fair and ensure GM gets the same pillaring in the square.
    21 Mar 2014, 12:36 PM Reply Like
  • Toyo
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    These politicians & lawyers should be locked up.False accusations about gas pedals & floor mats made these lawyers a bundle.Makes me sick.GM is the company to worry about.Overpaid execs & way overpaid UAW workers helped stiff American taxpayers royally!!!
    21 Mar 2014, 04:55 PM Reply Like
  • monkey see
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    @rararocket,Morrie & toyo If you look atmy comment page 3/16 4:03 a.m. You will see that I was much tougher on GM than I was on Toyota.


    The news item was "GM sued..."
    21 Mar 2014, 09:09 PM Reply Like
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