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Transportation Dept: considering a second penalty against Toyota

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Transportation Department says its considering a second civil penalty against Toyota.

Toyota is already facing a fine of more than $16 million for failing to promptly notify the government about defective gas pedals.

The Transportation Department told Toyota in a letter this week that accelerator pedals involved in the recall exhibited two separate defects that may require two separate remedies.

The government also says if there weren't a cap of about $16.4 million on fines, Toyota could have faced civil penalties of $13.8 billion. That's because the government could fine the company $6,000 for each of the 2.3 million vehicles under recall.

Toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide.

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