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Toyota takes the recommendations of the advisory committee

The North American advisory committee on quality Toyota presented its recommendations

Toyota announced today that it has received the recommendations in a report prepared by the North American independent Advisory Committee on Quality, headed by Rodney Slater, former Secretary of Transportation.

Following a public announcement of the report of the Committee, Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation, said: "we appreciate the efforts of the Committee that contribute to further strengthen our process, and we appreciate this very distinguished group for its recommendations. During the last year, we listen to the advice of the Committee and have put many precious lessons. The advice of the Committee are reflected in the significant steps we have taken to give to our North-American operations more autonomy and become even more focused on security and the needs of our clients company. The recent recommendations of the Committee still offer us other ways to achieve our ultimate goal is to exceed the expectations of our customers thanks to the vehicles safer and more responsible. "

Steve St. Angelo, Chief of the capacity in North America, precise: "we appreciate the frankness of the Committee and the manner in which she wants us to put in place safety standards and the highest possible quality. From the outset, we asked them to be direct and honest with us, because we definitely want to continue to improve our processes and transparency. It should be noted that the recommendations of the Committee are mainly on the manner in which we operate and communicate. I am naturally delighted that he was able to recognize the positive changes we have made so far, and I also appreciate their encouragement to pursue this path. I told them indicates our intention to do so. "

"Over the last year, the Committee spends many hours in various Toyota plants and saw the work has many North American teams," says St. Angelo. "The Committee was very impressed with our team and the way we build our vehicles - and I am pleased that the excellence of our staff and our production system was stressed in the report. At Toyota, we are all proud of the vehicles we produce and have made a commitment to ensure that our customers testify absolute confidence in the safety and reliability of our vehicles. "

The Committee stated in its report that "exhaustive tests and analyzes carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found no electronic problem or any software error which could cause unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. "

Such as the Committee pointed out, Toyota has taken several important steps with recommendations even before receiving the final report. These include:

- Granting greater autonomy to the North-American operations to enable them to take proactive decisions regarding reminders

- Strengthening quality controls to suppliers

- Extending echeancier Product Development for integrating additional safety tests

- Appointment of a Chief Technology Security

- Launching a collaborative research center on the safety pin on the protection of segments of the population most vulnerable to traffic accidents, including children, adolescents and the elderly

- Implementation availability, at low cost, its test THUMS collision advance academic research software.

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