Another Civil Penalty Coming for Toyota?

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., holds up car accelerator pedal as he questions Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, during the committee's hearing on Toyota. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
The government said in a letter to Toyota that it's considering a second civil penalty against the automaker.

Toyota is already facing a fine of more than $16 million for failing to promptly notify the government about defective gas pedals.

The Transportation Department told Toyota in a letter this week that accelerator pedals involved in the recall exhibited two separate defects that may require two separate remedies.

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The government also said if there weren't a cap of about $16.4 million on fines, Toyota could have faced civil penalties of $13.8 billion. That's because the government could fine the company $6,000 for each of the 2.3 million vehicles under recall.

Toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide.