Toyota Motor Corp.'s decision to fight California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allegations that Toyota's onboard diagnostics (OBD-II) systems fail to adequately signal fuel vapor-leak faults (see WEVTU — July 15, '99, p.5) is racing toward landmark status — pushed by Justice Dept. threats of fines of up to $58.5 billion. As one indication of how severely the lines are drawn prior to court hearings, both Toyota and CARB (which instigated the action) ...

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