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Toyota considers Corolla due to steering problems

Posted on 17, 2010 at 9:32 AM

TOKYO Toyota is considering a recall of its Corolla subcompact after about power steering — another blow to the largest automaker already from a string of recalls for troubles.

Despite pressure some lawmakers, President Toyoda said he won’t be the U.S. congressional hearing on the quality lapses, entrusting the job to executives — though consider an appearance if the committee it. He said he wanted to focus on quality worldwide.

I trust our officials in the U.S. will answer the questions, Toyoda Wednesday in his third news in two weeks. We are sending the best to the hearing, and I hope to back up the from headquarters.

He said Inaba, who heads Toyota Corp.’s North American was more familiar with the situation and was the best executive to with the hearing. Toyoda he was still making plans to go to the and dates have yet to be set.

But in an alarming disclosure that widen Toyota’s recall the executive in charge of quality Shinichi Sasaki, said was taking seriously the complaints power-steering problems in the Corolla, the best-selling car.

Speaking at Tokyo office, Sasaki the company was putting customers in a renewed effort to salvage its and would do whatever is necessary if a fix is needed.

He said it was still if a Corolla recall would be but it is an option the automaker is considering.

He disclose model years or that could be affected and there have been than 100 complaints. Toyota nearly 1.3 million Corolla worldwide last year.

may feel as though they losing control over the but it was unclear why, Sasaki He mentioned problems with the system or tires as possible reasons for the steering problem.

U.S. federal safety have also said are examining complaints from owners about steering

Toyota has already recalled 8.5 vehicles globally during the four months because of with sticking gas pedals, mats trapping accelerators and brake programming.

Its once reputation for quality has been and Toyota’s share of the critical American market has nose-dived. month was the first time February 1998 that monthly U.S. sales below 100,000 vehicles, to Ward’s AutoInfoBank.

Koji managing director at Advanced Japan, said the Corolla if they expand into a would deal another blow to Toyota.

If Toyota has to Corollas, I wouldn’t be surprised if have to recall more a million units again. going to be another big, big said Endo.

But others said Toyota was a message it was going to be quick and about maintaining quality.

It shows the company has learned its from the recall debacle by to announce every investigation far quickly, said Ryoichi auto analyst at Mizuho Securities Co. in Tokyo.

Analysts had views about Toyoda’s to show up at Congress — critical but others saying it was OK.

Western chief executives, presidents are not always expected to be an figure and play more of a leader role in a culture values harmony and consensus. role is even more for Toyoda, the grandson of the company’s who holds special significance for workers and dealers in Japan.

The U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee is holding a on Feb. 24 on Toyota’s gas pedal The House Energy and Commerce has scheduled one the next day.

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Administrator David Strickland are to testify at both meetings. The Commerce, Science and Transportation has scheduled a March 2 hearing.

At news conference, a solemn reiterated his promise beef up controls at the world’s No. 1 automaker.

He a brake-override system in all future worldwide that will add a measure against acceleration that are behind the recent recalls. The system is a mechanism overrides the accelerator if the gas and brake are pressed at the same time.

We are not up anything, and we are not running away anything, Toyoda said.

The said it was also dealing questions about whether the gas flaw was electronic and reiterated its has not found any electronic problems.

But it has commissioned an independent research to test its electronic throttle and will release the findings as become available.

Scrutiny of is growing. The U.S. Transportation has demanded Toyota hand documents related to its massive The department wants to know how the automaker knew of safety before taking action.

of deaths in the U.S. connected to acceleration in Toyota vehicles surged in recent weeks, the alleged death toll 34 since 2000, according to new data gathered by the U.S.

Toyota told NHTSA in that the problem appeared in beginning in December 2008. has said it began fixes on in August 2009, but the company to link that with gas problems in the U.S. which in October 2009.

Toyota took full-page ads in Japanese newspapers Wednesday to for the recalls in Japan, which the flagship Prius hybrid and two hybrid models.

We apologize the bottom of our hearts for the great and worries that we have you all, the black-and-white ads say.

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