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LaHood praises Toyota as ‘good corporate citizen’

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LaHood praises Toyota as ‘good corporate citizen’

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has had some pretty harsh words for Toyota over the last few days, but LaHood spoke out in favor of Toyota on a government blog late on Thursday. LaHood has been at the center of Toyota’s latest safety investigations.

LaHood has been rather critical of Toyota over the last several days, but acknowledged Toyota’s sterling reputation for safety on a government blog. “It’s also important to remember that, fundamentally, Toyota has a strong safety record and is a good corporate citizen,” LaHood wrote.

LaHood created a firestorm on Wednesday when he advised Toyota owners to “stop driving it and take it to a Toyota dealer.” Toyota dealers were soon overrun with owners concerned about their vehicle’s safety, prompting LaHood to retract his statement just 90 minutes later.

In addition to Toyota’s latest wave of recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launch a formal investigation involving the braking system on the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid. If the investigation leads to a recall, more than 100,000 vehicles in the U.S. would be affected.



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I could see this coming. The government right now needs to try and keep an arms length relationshiop with the media on comments regarding the auto industry. LaHood gave it to Toyota pretty hard and they deserved it. But at the same time, its not his responsibilty to keep kicking them.

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