KALAMAZOO -- Did Toyota drag its feet on fixing the sticky gas pedals? U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says they had to ask Toyota to recall cars, and to close plants and suspend sales. He says the company knew two years ago that faulty pedals were causing runaway acceleration and did not respond.
Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak reportedly was briefed by Toyota officials yesterday, in anticipation of a closer look by his Investigative Committee. Apparently he was told that Toyota plans to recall 1.1-million more cars, bringing the total to 5.3-million.
The U.A.W. and the Teamsters plan to picket the Japanese Embassy in Washington Thursday, calling the Toyotas, “a danger to America”. General Motors doesn’t want to be accused of taking advantage of Toyota’s misfortune, but they will be offering a special deal to any Toyota customers who might want to switch.
GM Spokesman Mike Meyerand says if you come with a Carolla, steer in that Sequoia, abandon that Avalon or dump the Tundra, they will knock a thousand dollars off the price of a lease, or give you zero-percent interest for 60-months if you buy. He says they won’t be advertising the deal, but if you mention to the dealer that you heard about the incentive, they will make the deal.