Report: Toyota denies allegations over floor-mat cover up

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

In response to a reprimand for reportedly misinforming the public, Toyota Executive Vice President Yukitoshi Funo said that it is not part of Toyota's culture to cover up anything. In fact, talks are ongoing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to determine the cause of the safety recall of 3.8 million vehicles.

He also denied claims that Toyota attempted to sidestep engineering or design defects leading to the safety risks.

Toyota was earlier rebuked by the NTHSA for issuing inaccurate and misleading information about the safety recall.

Before coming up with a comprehensive resolution for the problem, Toyota advised drivers to remove floor mats that run the risk of jamming underneath the gas pedal and causing unintended acceleration.

NTHSA cried foul at Toyota's statement earlier this week that stated that the government agency found that no defect exists in vehicles with properly installed floor mats.

NHTSA had actually said that its vehicles have a very serious defect. The agency further stated that removing the floor mats is only an interim solution that does not correct the underlying defect.

Funo said that Toyota had no disagreement on this issue. He expressed confidence that the carmaker will soon arrive at an agreement with NTHSA.

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