MASSE STATEMENT ON TOYOTA REVEALATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2010

MASSE STATEMENT ON TOYOTA REVEALATIONS

Ottawa, ON - Today, NDP Industry, Automotive, and Border Critic Brian Masse (Windsor West), issued the following statement after documents in lawsuit concerning a crash of a Toyota vehicle exposed the fact that the company knew about acceleration problems dating back to 2004:

“The inaction of this government in dealing with the Toyota vehicle recalls has left it to an individual Canadian’s search for justice to uncover the truth. Toyota knew about accelerator problems going back at least five years. This revelation appears to contradict all of the corporate executives’ claims to date. Additional documents in the United States raises further questions of the veracity of Toyota in its assertions of complying with the law. Furthermore, these significant concerns challenge the corporation’s pronouncements with regards to consumer safety. These facts mandate the need for a criminal investigation into Toyota, which is allowed under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act,” Masse stated.