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For Immediate Release

March 21, 2000
Contact: Elizabeth Isham Cory
Phone: 847-294-7849

KANSAS CITY, MO, March 21, 2000 The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to assess a $860,000 civil penalty against Toyota Motor Sales, USA, for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The two-count case involves nine shipments that Toyota offered to the Federal Express in early 1998, for transportation by air from Kansas City International Airport.

One of the fiberboard boxes, which contained a shock absorber, was offered to Federal Express on February 26, 1998. Six of the fiberboard boxes, each containing a shock absorber or paint, were offered to Federal Express on March 17, 1998. One box, containing a shock absorber, was offered to the same Federal Express facility on April 3, 1998. One box, containing paint, was offered to Federal Express on April 6, 1998.

The first shipment was discovered on February 26, when Federal Express noticed Toyota had offered a box for shipment that was marked Articles, Pressurized Pneumatic that did not feature the required box labels or indication by shipping papers that hazardous materials were contained therein. After this incident, Toyota offered eight additional shipments of hazardous materials for transportation by air without the appropriate labels or hazmat documentation.

In addition to being improperly described, classed, marked and labeled, Toyota failed to provide a 24-hour emergency response telephone number for the shipments, as required by Federal regulations.

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, will have 30 days from its receipt of the FAA’s Civil Penalty Letter to respond to the allegations.

This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.


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