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It would seem that once was enough for Toyota North America President Yoshimi Inaba. Just weeks after the top Toyota executive went before a congressional hearing in the United States, The Globe and Mail is reporting that Inaba has turned down a similar invitation to appear before the Canadian government. The topic of conversation? Why, the massive Toyota recall efforts and safety, of course.

Officials for the Harper Administration in Canada are expressing a great deal of disappointment at the apparent snub, with Merv Tweed, the Conservative MP chairing the Toyota committee, going so far as to say that Inaba's no-show would amount to a slight to the Canadian government and people, suggesting that Toyota perceives that the "American market is more important."

The Canadian government reportedly plans to once again request that Inaba attend its hearings. If Toyota refuses the request, parliament could issue a subpoena to Inaba, though the Toyota executive neither lives nor works in Canada, meaning he could potentially avoid the summons by keeping out of the country entirely.

For its part, Toyota Canada claims it does not report to Inaba and notes that CEO Yoichi Tomihara and managing director Stephen Beatty will attend on behalf of the company.

UPDATE: Despite continuing to insist that Toyota North America President Yoshimi Inaba has no responsibility for matters regarding recall and safety issues in Canada, Toyota has relented and Inaba will appear before the Parliament of Canada today.

[Source: The Globe and Mail]


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        ... and so, like Dane Cook and Larry the Cable Guy before him, mapoftazifosho goes for the cheapest, easiest laughs humanly possible.

        Bravo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is not the 1st time the Harper - Conservatives are trying to emulate the Obama Administration... makes me ashamed to be Canadian!
        • 4 Years Ago
        No kidding. Who do we think we are that we need to have our own hearings when the US already held theirs? More waste of taxpayers money...and to think I'd still vote for those jokers because the rest of the choices are worse than he is. Can we vote Oprah in? Mike Meyers maybe? Kevin O'Leary? Jeez we got crap for leaders in this country.
      • 4 Years Ago
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        They sure did.

        Now, the question is going to be:

        "How come you said that data recorders didn't work, but now you can pull all kinds of black box data from a Prius?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Didn't they play this same game with Toyoda attending the US hearing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nope, they didn't cheat at bad driving. All three of them did that fair and square.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No, she didn't fake it. She just can't drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure, because only Toyotas crash and everytime they do it's never, EVER the fault of the driver.

      Come on People. No one wants to admit when they screw up driving but this is just getting out of hand. We went through the same crap back in the 80s with Audi. It was driver error then and it's driver error now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is no need for them to appear in front of the Canadian government, just as there was no need for them to appear in front of the US government.

      THE SUA HAS YET TO BE SUCCESSFULLY REPLICATED IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT, NOT BY TOYOTA, NOT BY THE NTHSA. This whole thing is sensationalized beyond belief. For those of you who still believe that Toyota cars will 'runaway,' here's a video especially for you:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ4PtafRB9c





      • 4 Years Ago
      UHMMM, did you happen to notice the car was a 1989 model? No electronic throttle, no electric steering. It's just old; maybe that was the problem.
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      hahaha niicely done
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      At this point who reports to whom doesn't matter. You cut your PR losses and have the guy appear. Sure, it's political grandstanding on the part of the MPs. They all want their time in front of the cameras so that they'll look good in their home ridings. But Toyota can't afford more bad press. Even if they're right they should show up and then (hopefully) spin the story so that it looks like they're doing everything the average Canadian would expect them to do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont see the point in Toyota going before any congressional hearing. What is congress going to do? Stop wasting your time congress and get back to making irresponsible laws that corrupt the system and contradict each other. I say congress has a hearing with the American people. They are doing the same thing that Toyota did. Screwing people over with self-interest in mind. Its all really just political nonsense.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But the American market IS more important.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What is more important ? Human life or 'what market' is more important? It's a matter of propriety, responsibility & human respect .
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