NY judge scolds Toyota but approves $1.2B government settlement over rapid acceleration

  • by: LARRY NEUMEISTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 20, 2014 - 1:55 PM

NEW YORK — Toyota's misleading statements presented a "reprehensible picture of corporate misconduct" as it failed to properly protect consumers from unexpected acceleration in its vehicles, a judge said as he nevertheless accepted a deal that lets the Japanese automaker escape prosecution with a $1.2 billion penalty.

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