Toyota has agreed to pay an additional $32.425 million in civil penalties as the result of two separate investigations into the auto maker's handling of auto recalls.
The penalty is the third for Toyota this year, and the maximum allowed under U.S. law — $16.375 million in the "sticky pedal" case and $16.050 million for steering relay rod recalls, the Transportation Department announced late Monday.
In 2010, Toyota paid $48.8 million in fines including $16.4 million the automaker agreed to pay in April, in response to the assertion that it failed to notify National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) within five days of learning of the "sticky pedal" defect. The fines will be paid into the Treasury Department's General Fund.
"I am pleased that Toyota agreed to pay the maximum possible penalty and I expect Toyota to work cooperatively in the future to ensure consumers' safety," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said late Monday in a release.