For Toyota's president the timing couldn't be worse. The day before Akio Toyoda prepares to testify before congress on his safety-riddled products, an internal memo has surfaced in which the firm touts its savings by getting regulators to agree to a cheap but ineffective recall. The 2009 document claims Toyota saved over $100 million by framing the issue of sudden acceleration in several models as a problem with the size of the floor mats.
Toyota released a statement saying that "one internal presentation" does not accurately represent its commitment to safety, Reuters reports. But the memo reflects Toyota's slow, reluctant response to a widespread and dangerous safety hazard, said an official with the Department of Transportation.
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