Toyota to Pay $7.9 Million Settlement with CARB

Settlement reached over disputed car emissions monitors affecting some 330,000 vehicles built between 1996-98.

Published: 14-Mar-2002

SACRAMENTO, California, March 13, 2002 (ENS) - Toyota has agreed to a $7.9 million settlement with the California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board (ARB) over defects in car emissions monitors.

"We are pleased that we have reached an agreement in this case," said ARB's executive officer Michael Kenny. "We believe that this settlement will not only benefit the owners of the vehicles but all Californians."

ARB tests indicated that during the years 1996-1998, Toyota sold vehicles in California with diagnostic systems that were unable to detect fuel system vapor leaks. The defects were found during tests by the ARB, which ordered a recall of about 330,000 cars.

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