Toyota officials claimed they saved the company $100 million by successfully negotiating with the government on a limited recall of floor mats in some Toyota and Lexus vehicles, according to new documents shared with congressional investigators.
Americans should park their recalled Toyotas unless driving to dealers for accelerator repairs, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned Wednesday — then quickly took it back — as skepticism of company fixes grew and the government’s probe expanded to other models in the U.S. and Japan. Questions now are being raised about the brakes on Toyota’s marquee Prius hybrid.
Ken Thomas and Stephen Manning
, February 03, 2010
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the department's general counsel is investigating whether any laws were violated during the incident, which began last Friday when Continental Express Flight 2816 left Houston at 9:23 p.m. It didn't arrive at its destination in Minneapolis until after 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Obama administration has opened an investigation into whether consumer protection regulations were violated last week when 47 passengers were stranded overnight on an airport tarmac in Rochester, Minn.
Many Republicans oppose the plan but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., predicted his party would not block a vote. "The matter will be completed," McConnell said.
Lawmakers hoped for a vote late today or Thursday.
Ken Thomas and Laurie Kellman
, August 05, 2009
UPDATED 10:41 A.M. Financially-strapped U.S. program's fate 'depends' Today might be the last day you can get cash for your 'clunker' through the new federal program, Treasury Secretary Ray LaHood said. The White House press secretary says it's assured through the weekend. One sure thing: The government program is running out of cash.
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