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A new twist to the Toyota Recall

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by short shucker, Apr 7, 2010.

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  1. short shucker

    short shucker TS Member

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    "Now we are being treated to the Associated Press report that Toyota not only knew about its sticking gas-pedal problem months before it told U.S. drivers and safety regulators, but it had quietly informed its European dealers about the cause of unintended acceleration way ahead of time."

    The whole article is at the link above.

    I wonder what else will see "the light of day" on down the road.

    ss
     
  2. ivanhoe

    ivanhoe Well-Known Member

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    BFD what is interesting about that statement is if you were a European Country that has been getting treated the way the Messiah treats all of our Allies. Just what do you suppose the incentive to inform this country would be? Do you suppose that the Messiah would say thank you for trying to save American lives???? Dream on.

    Bob Lawless
     
  3. Beretta687EELL

    Beretta687EELL Well-Known Member

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    FYI ... Bill Malcolm

    Toyota to hand off pension bill to U.S.
    BY GREG GARDNER
    FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

    Toyota is leaving a $131-million pension shortfall to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. as it closes the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. plant in Fremont, Calif., April 1, said Sergio Santos, president of UAW Local 2244.

    But the PBGC, a federal corporation charged with protecting pension benefits of 44 million Americans, wants to discuss ways Toyota can reduce the gap.
    The agency has taken legal action to gain control of the NUMMI pension plan. PBGC spokesman Gary Pastorius said the agency wants to talk to Toyota about alternatives to a takeover, "but it just hasn't happened yet. We still have questions."

    NUMMI said it had met its obligations regarding the plan when the PBGC began court action, according to a memo issued by Tracy Wakefield, a human resources manager.

    Toyota operated NUMMI jointly with General Motors from 1983 until GM's withdrawal last summer.

    Santos said NUMMI and Toyota imposed a "gag order that I believe violates our First Amendment rights," preventing workers from commenting on the plant closure.

    NUMMI spokesman Lance Tomasu said the union voluntarily pledged not to denigrate NUMMI or Toyota as part of the shutdown agreement.

    In recent days, Toyota sweetened the severance offer from $253 million to $281 million for the about 4,500 NUMMI workers, Santos said. Each hourly worker will receive a base severance of $21,175, plus supplements that vary based on years of service, the union president said.

    On March 3, the PBGC said it would cover $126 million of a $131-million underfunding in the pension covering NUMMI's UAW workers. The agency said $5 million of supplemental benefits are not insured.

    Harley Shaiken, a University of California Berkeley professor and labor relations expert, said the pension shortfall adds to Toyota's public relations challenges.

    "For the world's most profitable automaker to walk away from a pension covering people who, in some cases, worked for more than a quarter of a century doesn't look good," Shaiken said. "Especially in the wake of Toyota's recent recalls."

    Contact GREG GARDNER: 313-222-8762 or ggardner@freepress.com
     
  4. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    What about those who were in the middle of having their vehicles replaced by GM under lemon laws them GM went bankrupt, thus losing their vehicle and their replacement vehicle, but being stuck with the bank loan payment? The media has never reported whether that was made good or not, and from the news reports, it was expected to not be taken care of under the bankruptcy laws.
     
  5. Frank C

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    This is preposterous!!!!! Next we will hear that our beloved president isnt even a citizen!!!!
     
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