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Toyota Officials Called Limiting Safety Probes A "Win"

Toyota Corp. officials hailed as a "win" their success in lobbying federal safety officials last year to limit a recall tied to sudden acceleration complaints...
February 24, 2010

Toyota Corp. officials hailed as a "win" their success in lobbying federal safety officials last year to limit a recall tied to sudden acceleration complaints to just 55,000 vehicles, saving the company $100 million, according to an internal document obtained by a Congressional committee. The company blamed incidents on floor mats, instead of a potentially more costly defect with the car itself.

A copy of the presentation, viewed by the Wall Street Journal and first reported Sunday by the Associated Press, is one of thousands of documents that investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform committee have received in advance of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is also probing Toyota's handling of safety problems. A spokesman for the committee's senior Republican, California Rep. Darrell Issa, said the document raises questions about how Toyota responded to years of concerns of sudden acceleration of vehicles. "It appears as though there is a pattern at Toyota of not wanting to tell your boss you have a safety problem."

Toyota Document Links Savings, Limiting Recalls (Wall Street Journal 2/20/10)

Toyota Probes Take a New Turn (Los Angeles Times 2/3/10)

Data Point to Toyota's Throttles, Not Floor Mats (Los Angeles Times 11/29/09)