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Former U.S. Sec. of Transportation to lead Toyota Quality Advisory Panel

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Former U.S. Sec. of Transportation to lead Toyota Quality Advisory Panel

An independent advisory panel has been formed to help Toyota get a handle on its quality issues. With all of the current headlines relating to Toyota recalls and defects, the independent North American Quality Advisory Panel has been convened to study and give the automaker advice on quality and safety issues affecting its North American operations. Besides working closely with the North American leadership team, the panel has been promised direct access to the head honcho, Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda. Heading the group will be former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Rodney E. Slater, who worked under President Bill Clinton to pass safety legislation for the automotive and aviation industries.

Among the many things this group of experts will be looking at will be the electronic throttle control system (ECTS-i) found throughout the Toyota and Lexus lineup. The group has pledged transparency and says they will make their findings public, although it seems they will be relying mainly on an analysis of Toyota's own investigations and those of another independent consulting group, Exponent, of Palo Alto, California. But Toyota has given the panel "an unlimited budget to pursue its mandate" and "will be able to commission any additional outside reviews it deems necessary," according to the press release you'll find after the jump.



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