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Does Toyota spokesperson believe what she is putting out to the media?

February 2nd, 2010

UPDATE — Then the news comes out last night that Toyota has been hit by more than 100 complaints in the U.S. and Japan about brake problems with the Prius. … Maybe the Toyota spokesperson has something else to say today.

FROM FEB. 2 …

I was reading our intrepid reporter Clay Chandler’s blog about Toyota’s recent troubles, which has focused on how the company will rebound from having to suspend sales of eight of its models, including the Camry, traditionally one of its best sellers.

Clay talked with spokesperson Barbara McDaniel about Toyota’s plans for Blue Springs.

“Totally unrelated” is how McDaniel characterized to Magnolia Marketplace the recall and the question of when the facility in North Mississippi will start production.

Is she serious?

Toyota has already put on hold the opening of the Blue Springs plant near Tupelo because of poor world-wide sales. If this latest snafu causes more folks to steer away from the company, the date of the Blue Springs opening could get pushed further and further away.

Consumer confidence in Toyota is totally related to how quickly the plant in Blue Springs opens.

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