WASHINGTON, March 18 The U.S. Justice Department
has reached a $1 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp
over the automaker's handling of consumer complaints
tied to unintended vehicle acceleration and will announce the
agreement as early as Wednesday, CNN reported.
Sources familiar with the deal told CNN that Toyota was
expected to avoid criminal charges.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan has been probing
allegations the company misled U.S. authorities after the
complaints about the unintended acceleration emerged. The
acceleration issue prompted Toyota to recall millions of
vehicles beginning in 2009.
The Japanese automaker last year paid more than $1 billion
to resolve economic-loss claims related to the recall.
(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Eric Walsh)