Toyota to tap Clinton official on safety panel

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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 4:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota plans to announce Tuesday that a former Clinton administration official will lead an independent safety panel to review the company's quality control practices.

The Japanese automaker planned to discuss the panel at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the company's massive recalls. It is the third congressional hearing on the Toyota recalls in the past week.

Toyota executive Yoshi Inaba planned to tell lawmakers that former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater would lead the panel, which will review the company's quality control systems. Slater led the Transportation Department from 1997 until January 2001.

Inaba said in remarks planned for delivery Tuesday that Toyota dealers have repaired more than 1 million recalled vehicles.

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