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Old 01-29-2010, 09:33 AM   #1
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Congress to hold hearings on Toyota recalls in Feb. 25

http://www.egmcartech.com/2010/01/28...lls-in-feb-25/

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House Energy and Commerce chairman Henry Waxman, and subcommittee chairman Bart Stupak, said today that Congress will hold the first hearings on Toyota’s recall woes in February.
Both said that the committee will hold a Feb. 25 hearing “to examine the persistent consumer complaints of sudden unintended acceleration in vehicles manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation.”
“Like many consumers, I am concerned by the seriousness and scope of Toyota’s recent recall announcements,” Waxman said. “I look forward to learning more about the steps Toyota is taking to address safety defects, and I hope that the automaker will continue to cooperate with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get unsafe vehicles off our roads.

Toyota said it will cooperate with the hearings.
“Toyota appreciates the opportunity to inform the committee about matters related to the recent recalls of Toyota and Lexus vehicles and our efforts to address the situation for our customers,” spokeswoman Martha Voss said. “Helping ensure the safety of our customers and restoring confidence in Toyota are very important to our company and we pledge our full cooperation with the committee.”
- By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Detroit News
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:36 AM   #2
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I say as long as Toyota is working on it, they should keeps thier noses out of it.
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:44 AM   #4
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^^ X2 on that! Seriously, Toyota was one of the only companies that didn't need a bailout and they're the ones who took initiative to fix things. Let them do their job!
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I actually think this Recal shit could be a good thing for Toyota. In the last few years, their reliability rattings have been dropping. THIS may force them to step it up, and get back on track.
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I actually think this Recal shit could be a good thing for Toyota. In the last few years, their reliability rattings have been dropping. THIS may force them to step it up, and get back on track.
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:54 AM   #7
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^^ they're the ones who took initiative to fix things. Let them do their job!
I believe the National Highway Traffic Administration might have helped them take the initiative...
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I believe the National Highway Traffic Administration might have helped them take the initiative...
Ah! I guess it isn't a bad thing when safety is involved.
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i still don't think accelerator pedals are the fix. i believe the problem still lies in software.
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:59 AM   #10
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i still don't think accelerator pedals are the fix. i believe the problem still lies in software.
I agree.
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I say as long as Toyota is working on it, they should keeps thier noses out of it.
X3! Toyota seems to be doing everything they can to fix the problem. I believe that more of the blame should go to the part maker rather than Toyota.
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X3! Toyota seems to be doing everything they can to fix the problem. I believe that more of the blame should go to the part maker rather than Toyota.
Yes, but the part maker makes the part to Toyota's spec and design.
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:02 AM   #13
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Better than hearings on a college football playoff.
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Agree... all the way around. What erks me... is that Congress thinks they need to step in and hold Toyota's hand. Trust me.....they've got it. As was said before... they didn't need a bailout. Why? Because they produce a superior product. Second.....has it been that long since the frame rust issue? Yes... it happened. As has happened to half a dozen other car manufacturers. It happens, manufacturing and design is not flawless. BUT.... Toyota stepped up and fixed it, and made SURE their customers were happy. They will do exactly the same thing with the "accelerator malfunction" issue. Just let them do their job and stip trying to micromanage every little thing... gah....Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now
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This is nothing new, as far as congress getting involved with an auto manufacture. Back in the "Old days", Ford had an issue in which the Ford Pinto (im dating myself) would burst into flames for no reason. Congress got involved. They have gotten involved in other cases since then. Anytime a vehicle causes a certain amount of propperty damage, injuries, or deaths, they investigate.
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Yes, but the part maker makes the part to Toyota's spec and design.
Then why is the problem only with one of the two distributors if both make the part to Toyota's specs? If what you say is true, shouldn't both of them have issues?
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Then why is the problem only with one of the two distributors if both make the part to Toyota's specs? If what you say is true, shouldn't both of them have issues?
Different designs. Ford is issuing a recall for some commercial vehicles
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The words "Congress to hold hearings" send chills up my spine.

Too bad for Toyota as they will now have to take time out of fixing the problem and dealing with people that are only in this for the soundbite.
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Yes, but the part maker makes the part to Toyota's spec and design.
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Different designs. Ford is issuing a recall for some commercial vehicles
exactly! Yeah I heard about ford, do you have a link for the news, I only heard a brief comment last night on the news, searched on the internet and didn't find anything.
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