When Toyota recalled millions of vehicles for floor mat entrapment and sticky accelerator pedals, many thought the event would serve as a wake-up call for the world's largest automaker. While Toyota has no doubt taken considerable steps to rectify any quality lapses, a panel being paid for by the automaker apparently feels Toyota hasn't gone far enough.

Automotive News reports that management changes made by the Japanese automaker haven't gone far enough to fix all that ails Toyota. For example, the panel, which is led by former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, feels that Toyota decision-making is too centralized to Japan, which could mean that individual regions don't have the flexibility to act on issues in a timely fashion. Further, the group found that even with recent management changes, it's still too difficult to identify a clear chain of command in the Toyota safety department. The panel reportedly also referenced "skepticism and defensiveness" towards outside safety complains as a reason issues weren't solved sooner.

Still, even with continued management issues, the panel apparently still has high hopes for the automaker's future. Slater adds that Toyota has been more proactive and is reacting to issues faster than before, and that the automaker is serious "about wanting to reclaim their valued perch of premier leader in auto manufacturing." Thanks for the tip, Jason!

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      billy bob
      • 4 Years Ago
      All manufacturers are required to test their cars in the same way. The fact that Toyota talks about it doesn't make them dishonest or deceitful. If other manufacturers don't talk abouit it and assume that it is a well known fact, then so be it. Decentralizing from Japan can only serve to make the company better. Those who are not inside can never understand what it means. So continue to not understand and let it be seen as ignorance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Toyota decentralizes they cannot hide problems at their discretion. Toyota has a history of hiding problems to give a false impression of their quality. I am not saying Toyota doesn't good cars, they do, everyone does, but Toyota wants to be first, and if that takes deceit, they deem it worthy.
      Phil T
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota are great at misleading. We're getting a series of Toyota ads here showing 'how' they test their cars (greatly exaggerated) and, by implication, that others don't. Its the same as years ago when I went to a dealership with a friend that was buying a car and they were trying to pass off safety items required by design laws as something only they had.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is Toyota we're talking about. Decentralizing from Japan is something the company would never do.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We're only talking about safety though. With totally different safety regulations in each region, and different cars to meet those regulations, it would actually make a lot more sense to give the regional safety offices a little more authority to fix things themselves without having to clear it back in Japan. While I doubt that any Japanese manufacturer would ever really give up final control (nor really, should a company give up final oversight on their overseas operations) I don't really see regional safety as being undoable, they have various other facilities all over the place that make rather final decisions (i.e. design) so this would just be one more thing to regionalize.