New documents question Toyota's motives

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Documents turned over to a house panel could set off alarms in congress over whether Toyota put profits ahead of customer safety.

In the documents, Toyota officials claim they saved the firm $100 million by successfully negotiating with the government on a limited recall of floor mats in some Toyota Camry and Lexus vehicles.

The document also cites a delay of safety regulations - avoiding defect investigations and slowing down other industry requirements.

Toyota has been criticized for responding to complaints too slowly.

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