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Climate Change

Ahead of Biden era, Toyota agrees to pay $180m in emissions case

Carmaker reaches record settlement to avoid drawn-out court battle

Toyota Motor's U.S. settlement avoids a lengthy court battle over problems with reporting potential emissions defects.   © Reuters

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor will pay $180 million to settle the U.S. government's charge that it violated the country's Clean Air Act, in a deal reached just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office with an ambitious climate agenda.

Though Toyota had the option of fighting the lawsuit in court, the carmaker decided to reach a settlement, which amounted to "the largest civil penalty" for violating the law's reporting requirements, according to the Justice Department.

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