• Reuters


A U.S. judge on Thursday dismissed a criminal charge against Toyota Motor Corp. after the Japanese automaker completed three years of monitoring under a $1.2 billion settlement in which it admitted to misleading the public about sudden unintended acceleration in its vehicles.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley in New York agreed to a U.S. Justice Department request to end the case stemming from Toyota’s admission that it misled U.S. consumers by concealing and making deceptive statements about the extent of sudden acceleration problems in 2009 and 2010.

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