Judge Approves Toyota Criminal Penalty

, The Associated Press

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.

Originally appeared in print as Fraud Can Kill, Judge Says as He Approves A $1.2 Billion Criminal Penalty for Toyota