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Toyota president: Company at 'crossroads'

GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Toyota’s president visited the company’s largest North American assembly plant Thursday, telling workers that the automaker is at a “crossroads” and needs to rethink its operations to win back customers. Akio Toyoda toured the assembly line in Georgetown before giving a brief speech to about 100 employees. It was his first visit to the plant as head ...

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Toyota promises focus on safety

WASHINGTON — Fresh from a grueling appearance before Congress, Toyota’s chief executive met with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday and pledged “to advance safety to the next level.” Akio Toyoda then headed to Georgetown, Ky., to visit Toyota’s largest North American manufacturing plant, which churns out the popular Camry, one of the models in the 6 million-vehicle U.S. recall. ...

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Toyota recall may not provide fix

NEW YORK — Toyota’s president says the automaker compromised quality by growing too quickly in the U.S., but it will take steps to improve quality control. And, he said the company’s recall of vehicles with faulty accelerators might not completely remedy the problem. Toyota President Akio Toyoda will deliver the remarks Wednesday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. ...

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Toyota president issues apology

WASHINGTON — The president of Toyota’s U.S. operations is apologizing for the company’s slow handling of sudden acceleration problems in its vehicles, saying it took too long to confront the issue. Toyota’s James Lentz, certain to face hostile questioning today at a congressional hearing, says in prepared testimony that Toyota had poor communications within the company, with government regulators and ...

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Toyota served subpoena for Prius documents

NEW YORK — Toyota said it has received a subpoena from a federal grand jury seeking documents related to unintended acceleration in its vehicles and the braking system of its Prius hybrid. The Japanese automaker also said it received a subpoena from the Los Angeles office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requesting documents related to unintended acceleration as ...

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Toyota document says company profited from recall

TOKYO — Claims by Toyota in internal documents that it saved money by obtaining a limited recall from regulators in 2007 create an even bigger challenge for the automaker’s president when he testifies before U.S. lawmakers this week over quality and safety lapses. Toyota officials said they saved $100 million by successfully negotiating with the U.S. government on a limited ...

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Toyota president will answer questions

WASHINGTON — A House panel investigating Toyota’s massive recalls will get the opportunity to hear from company president Akio Toyoda after all. Akio Toyoda, the grandson of the Japanese automaker’s founder, had said previously that he did not plan to attend a series of hearings scheduled to start in Washington next week. But he had told reporters in Japan earlier ...

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NHTSA probing Toyota's recall history

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Feb. 16 that it is using its statutory authority to obtain documents from Toyota to determine if the automaker conducted three of its recent recalls in a timely manner. Federal law requires all auto manufacturers to notify NHTSA within five days of determining that a safety defect exists and promptly conduct a recall. ...

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Attorney fired allegedly due to Toyota lawsuit

NEW ALBANY — New Albany has fired its city attorney allegedly because he filed a lawsuit against Toyota, which plans to open a plant in nearby Blue Springs. Robert M. Carter said he’ll fight his dismissal, which came last week after aldermen met in a closed-door session. Carter said officials are upset he filed a federal lawsuit seeking class action ...

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Toyota releases list of recalled vehicles

Toyota’s recall of eight car and truck models over potentially sticky gas pedals, which affects 2.3 million U.S. vehicles: 2009-10 Corolla 2009-10 Matrix 2005-10 Avalon 2007-10 Camry 2010 Highlander 2007-10 Tundra 2008-10 Sequoia 2009-10 RAV4 Toyota’s recall of models due to gas-pedal entrapment under floor mats, which affects 5.3 million U.S. vehicles: 2007-2010 Camry 2005-2010 Avalon 2004-2009 Prius 2005-2010 Tacoma ...

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