So, they bought their way out.
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This week brought news of a gigantic $1.2 billion settlement between Toyota and the U.S. Justice Department, with the company admitting it “misled U.S. consumers by concealing and making deceptive statements about two safety issues involving its vehicles.” This isn’t one of those complicated multi-year settlement deals, either – they have to wire-transfer 1.2 billion clams to the U.S. Marshals Service by Tuesday, according to Forbes. If Boyd Crowder could somehow get his fingers into that wire transfer, putting Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens on the case to solve a billion-dollar heist, I think we’d have a fine plot for “Justified: The Movie.”
The Toyota case is long and complicated, including a large number of individual lawsuits for physical injuries and economic damages. Expensive product recalls have already been made. It has been theorized that some of the unintended vehicle accelerations might have been due to driver error; Fox News notes that Toyota won almost all of the cases against it, until finally losing a big one in Oklahoma last fall. Furthermore, “the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration never found defects in electronics or software in Toyota cars, which had been targeted as a possible cause.”