Feds Demand Toyota Recall Documents

The Transportation Department is formally demanding documents related to Toyota's massive recalls in the United States to find out if the automaker conducted three of its recalls in a timely manner.

The legal documents were delivered to Toyota on Tuesday and obtained by The Associated Press. The documents demand that the company tell the government when and how Toyota learned of the safety defects in millions of vehicles.

Investigators are looking into whether Toyota discovered the problems during pre-production or post-production of the affected vehicles.

Consumer groups have criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for not forcefully regulating the auto industry and limiting its use of fines and failing to seek detailed information from car companies.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Feb 17, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    Joe Location: Greenville on Feb 16, 2010 at 08:00 PM, I would suggest you find out about Cap and Trade. Your choices will be dictated based on how much you would be charged for fuel. That freedom would also be controlled by the EPA to a degree you have no clue. I am just glad this Mass put the deciding vote to the other side, to stop this nonsense. This whole story is about more "government control". They want GM and Chrysler to smell like angels. I suggest you find out what the unions did to GM and Chrysler and shareholders....socialist control. So, if you buy one of their cars now, you support socialism. Ford is all we have left now.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2010 at 05:25 PM
    buy american not rice burners they stay cheap and now coming bsck to them
  • by Joe Location: Greenville on Feb 16, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    I've driven Fords and GM cars all of my life, they have never left me on the side of the road. It helps reduce the national debt to buy from an American company. I agree that it is patriotic to buy from an American car company. Thank God we still live in a country that allows us to freely choose how we spend our hard earned American dollars.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Feb 16, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    Other competitors with Government Motors (GM)should prepare for the same treatment.
  • by Carson Bryant Location: Wharton Corner on Feb 16, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    The ø*®$%© federal government needs to keep their big noses out of this and about 99% of everything else they pry around in. The only reason they're sniffin' around is in hopes of gettin' some fine money. Hypocrites and traitors, the lot of 'em. It's high time we roust 'em out.
  • by David Location: Washington on Feb 16, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    I have 3 Toyotas, a '96 Avalon, '01 and '04 Camrys. So far none are affected by the recall. My concern is HOW LONG has Toyota known about it, HOW MANY years/models are affected and did they TRY TO HIDE IT.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 16, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    In 1996, Ford issued a recall on the cruise control switch in models throughout its line-up The recall affected about 16 million vehicles and became one of the largest vehicle safety recalls on record. Dave, I will not have a union built car anymore. They all do this, now our government wants answers. This is nothing but union politics trying to give GM and Chryler "the better car reputation. Here is you choice now, Ford or Toyota. Witch hunt, brought to you by "Obama Snake Oil Co" "the lowest form of politics money can buy", facts and truth....they hate that.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:53 AM
    Toyota is now more of an American car company that GM or Chrysler. I have never owned a Toyota and have owned several GM's and Dodge's. I will NEVER buy another GM or Chrysler. Government ownership is contradictory to everything that made America great. And of course we can now see how the unions have ruined every manufacturing industry in this country. Toyota has a MUCH better safety record than any so called American car company yet they are getting prosecuted because the government owns a car company. How many know that 850,000 GM cars were recalled last year because they were spontaneouly catching fire? I will now buy a Toyota, made by American non-union workers, in a American Southern state.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Feb 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    After I heard about that wreck in Perquimans County, I'll tell you that it's a great idea.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Feb 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM
    People did not make a big deal of the recalls that Ford has had in the past. Especially when pinto's engines were catching on fire. Remember when they had so many tires that were going flat causing accidents. People have a choice of what to buy no auto manufacture is perfect so get over it.
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