MASSE DEMANDS GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATE TOYOTA: Canadian investigation needed to get equal treatment for Canadians

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MARCH 10, 2010

MASSE DEMANDS GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATE TOYOTA: Canadian investigation needed to get equal treatment for Canadians

OTTAWA - The government must launch an investigation into Toyota that parallels actions taken in the United States so that Canadians receive equal treatment and protection, says New Democrat Industry and Automotive Critic Brian Masse (Windsor West).

“The inaction of this government in dealing with Toyota recalls has left Canadian consumers with nothing compared to their American neighbours,” says Masse. “Toyota is providing better compensation, more information and better protection to Americans. Why won’t this government stand up for Toyota’s Canadian consumers?”

Congressional hearings in Washington have led to commitments by Toyota to disclose information concerning all vehicle recalls and remedies worldwide. Toyota also announced it would pick up recalled vehicles and provide rental cars with no charge for American consumers. In addition, Toyota will establish an Automotive Centre of Quality Excellence with a significant investment of resources and personnel. There have been no equivalent announcements or commitments in Canada.

Investigations by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Manhattan, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the National Highway Safety Administration are ongoing. Transport Canada has declined further investigation.

“All these new commitments by Toyota to U.S. consumers and the U.S. Congress are a result of the committee hearings and various criminal and regulatory investigations. Meanwhile in Canada, the Harper government has decided not to investigate at all. They have abandoned Canadians and let Toyota off the hook, says Masse. “Committee hearings in the House of Commons are the only way to protect Canadians since the Harper Conservatives are derelict in their responsibilities.”

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