Toyota fined for failing to report, fix emissions defects

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FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2019, file, photo, people walk by the logo of Toyota at a show room in Tokyo. Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report pollution control system defects in its vehicles for a decade. The company, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, also agreed in court to investigate future emissions-related defects quickly and report them to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a timely manner. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota will pay $180 million to settle U.S. government allegations that it failed to report pollution control system defects in its vehicles for a decade.

The company also agreed in court to investigate future emissions-related defects quickly and report them to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a timely manner.

The U.S. said the Japanese automaker’s actions brought financial benefits and excessive pollution by its vehicles.

The company was accused in a government lawsuit of delays in filing 78 emissions defect reports as required by the Clean Air Act. The reports covered millions of vehicles.

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