MASSE DEMANDS PARLIAMENT REOPENED SO AUTO SAFTEY CAN BE EXAMINED: Prorogation prevents House of Commons Committee hearings into Toyota recall

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February 2, 2010

MASSE DEMANDS PARLIAMENT REOPENED SO AUTO SAFTEY CAN BE EXAMINED: Prorogation prevents House of Commons Committee hearings into Toyota recall

Windsor, ON- Today, NDP Industry, Automotive, and Border Critic Brian Masse (Windsor West), demanded that the Harper Government immediately re-open parliament so that hearings on the Toyota vehicle recall can take place.

“Harper’s shutting down parliament is now having an impact on the public’s safety,” Masse stated. “With one of the largest vehicle recalls involving an extremely important part of an automobile, the accelerator function, taking place and the second one in as many months from the same manufacturer, this demands an investigation that only House of Commons committee hearings will provide. Hearings are scheduled in the US Congress. But we are prevented from having hearings since the parliament is prorogued. It is outrageous.”

Late last month Toyota issued a recall of 2.3 million vehicles in North America due to accelerator pedal problems which has now been extended to Europe and China. In November of last year a recall was issue involving the floor mats and the accelerator pedal as well. These dual recalls involving the same essential vehicle function has raised significant concerns of Toyota’s veracity and comprehensiveness in addressing the problem. A criminal investigation in Japan a few years ago lead to the then CEO of Toyota resigning due to quality issues.

“This recall has raised many questions and concerns in the public. There are many issues that need to addressed such as Transport Canada’s role, the lack of governmental authority to order a recall, what did Toyota know and when did it know it, as well as whether this is the end to this problem or are there potential other concerns which have been raised in media reports. Only parliamentary hearings would provide the necessary public forum to get this done. Prorogation is now putting the public safety at risk,” Masse stated.

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