Records Show Toyota Delayed U.S. Venza Recall by Six Weeks

Records indicate that Toyota recalled its Venza crossover model December 16 in Canada due to problems with the all-weather floor mats entrapping the accelerator pedal. On January 27, Toyota issued a similar recall in the U.S., a delay that has caught U.S. government officials’ attention.

By law, automakers must report recalls of any foreign recalls involving vehicles similar to those sold in the U.S. Toyota reported the Canadian Venza recall on December 16, and told U.S. officials that it would not recall the U.S. Venza models as the all-weather floor mats causing the problem in Canada were not sold in the U.S. Six weeks later however, Toyota reversed its decision and recalled U.S. Venzas January 27.

The U.S. law gives automaker five business days after finding a potential defect in one of its models to notify the government. Due to the timely six weeks between seemingly identical recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Toyota’s handling of the matter. The agency has already fined Toyota $16.4 million for failing to recall 2.3 million vehicles in a timely manner.

“[The] NHTSA continues to investigate the timeliness of Toyota’s pedal entrapment recall,” the government agency said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We will continue to hold Toyota accountable for [any] violations we find.”

Source: Los Angeles Times

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