So when you thought things at Toyota are getting back to normal, what with NHTSA backpedaling on their ghost in the machine busting attempts, here comes a biggie: A federal grand jury in New York served Toyota with a subpoena, seeking information relating to defects in its steering relay rods. Fancy lawyers call that a subpoena duces tecum, and charge more. The Washington Post reckons this might “potentially widen an investigation that began with reports of sudden unintended acceleration.”
This is the second subpoena from a federal grand jury this year that landed on Toyota’s desk. Of course, Toyota “and its subsidiary are sincerely cooperating with authorities on the probe,” Toyota said in a statement. What else should they say?
According to the Post, this is most likely in conjunction with the NHTSA’s announcement in May that it was investigating whether Toyota had delayed telling authorities of a defect in their steering relay rods. It smells like another $16m ….