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Toyota unsure how to solve safety issues

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by KenH, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. KenH

    KenH Active Member

    May 18, 2002
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    I would never have thought that Toyota would have a problem like this.

    Toyota unsure how to solve safety issues

    By Peter Whoriskey and Frank Ahrens
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010; A01

    Toyota's top U.S. executive told lawmakers on Tuesday that he is not certain the company has fixed its runaway car problems even though it has recalled millions of vehicles around the world.

    Although the automaker has blamed obstructing floor mats and sticky gas pedals for reports of cars accelerating out of control, lawmakers at a hearing on Capitol Hill appeared skeptical about the sometimes-conflicting accounts of what has gone wrong
    "Do you believe that the recall on the carpet changes and the recalls on the sticky pedals will solve the problem of sudden, unintended acceleration?" Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) asked James E. Lentz III, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA.

    "Not totally," Lentz replied.

    "What do you need to do?" Waxman asked.

    "We need to continue to be vigilant and continue to investigate all of the complaints that we get from consumers -- that we have done a relatively poor job of doing in the past," Lentz said.

    The hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee was jammed with spectators and media from the United States and Japan, who heard emotional testimony about terrifying car rides, as well as engineering analysis and a lengthy corporate apology. Lentz at one point fought back tears recalling that he lost his brother in a car crash years ago.

    "There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of that, so I know what these families go through," he said.

    In the end, the hearing outlined but did not resolve the controversy that has rocked the world's largest automaker in recent weeks: What exactly has caused Toyota cars, in rare but occasionally fatal instances, to rev and accelerate out of control?

    At another hearing on Wednesday, Toyota President Akio Toyoda plans to face the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and attribute the company's troubles to rapid growth.

    "I regret that this has resulted in the safety issues described in the recalls we face today, and I am deeply sorry for any accidents that Toyota drivers have experienced," he said in prepared remarks released ahead of the event.

    - rest at www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/23/AR2010022300331.html?hpid=topnews
  2. StefanM

    StefanM Well-Known Member
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    Jul 4, 2004
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    Wow. When it rains, it pours for Toyota. I actually have a job offer at a Toyota dealer, and I think I'm gonna have to turn it down because of all of this mess.
  3. billwald

    billwald New Member

    Jun 28, 2000
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    Take the job. The mess will generate job security. How long has MS been trying to get the bugs out of Windows? As long as people want stuff run by computers we will always need fixers.