U.S. officials have accused Toyota to have violated the law on car safety after hidden a defect that could lead to unintended acceleration.
Toyota could be fined for 16.4 million dollars, at the proposal of the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood.
The Japanese automobile manufacturer representatives have waited at least four months prior to publish the information according to with the accelerator pedal may lock. Normally, companies should report the damage within five days.
“Now we have the proof that the manufacturer has not complied with legal obligations
and, worse, deliberately hid for several months a dangerous failure of U.S. officials and took measures to protect drivers and their families, “said Ray LaHood.
Not long time ago, the Japanese company announced that the U.S. sales rose with 41% in March, supported by interest free loans and discount lease sites. Following acceleration problems Toyota has recalled eight million vehicles in service worldwide.