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NHTSA Now Investigating the Timeliness of Three Toyota and Lexus Safety Defect Recalls

U.S. safety agency wants to know if five-day rule was violated.

by on Feb.16, 2010

DOT's LaHood wants to know what Toyota knew, when it knew it, and how it knew it.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just announced that it is using its statutory authority to obtain documents from Toyota to determine if the automaker conducted three of its recent recalls in a timely manner.

Federal law requires all auto manufacturers to notify NHTSA within five days of determining that a safety defect exists and promptly conduct a recall.

“Safety recalls are very serious matters and automakers are required to quickly report defects,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Press reports earlier today coming out of Japan claim that Toyota is preparing to shut plants in the U.S. once again next month due to a continuing slump in sales. Toyota in the U.S. did not respond to requests from for clarification.