WASHINGTON -- Toyota Motor Corp. has reached a settlement with the U.S. government in a Clean Air Act lawsuit under which it will pay about $34 million to improve anti-pollution measures, the Justice Department said Friday.
Under the settlement, which also was announced late Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency, Toyota will spend about $20 million to retrofit as many as 3,000 public diesel fleet vehicles to make them run cleaner and extend the emission control system warranty on the affected vehicles.
In addition, the automaker will accelerate its compliance with new emission control requirements and pay a $500,000 civil penalty. The Justice Department said the settlement will cost Toyota an estimated $34 million.
The agreement settles a lawsuit for Clean Air Act violations involving 2.2 million vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 1998. The United States accused Toyota of failing to disclose limitations in the operation of the diagnostic system that checks for leaks in vehicles' evaporative emission control systems.