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Toyota Appoints Panel to Review its Safety

Outside experts will offer advice on safety, recalls.

by on Apr.30, 2010

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater will head a new, outside panel investigating Toyota's safety problems.

An outside panel, comprised of a variety of experts from the safety, aviation, business and technology fields, will be empowered to advise Toyota how to deal with ongoing safety problems and what to do to prevent similar problems in the future.

The 7-member group will look at all aspects of Toyota’s operations, including internal policies that have delayed action on safety issues, as well as alleged – but so far unproven – issues with the computer control systems used in the maker’s vehicles.

“This is a very important company dealing with a very important issue,” Rodney Slater, the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, who was asked to put together the panel, told The Detroit News.

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Another senior member of the panel will be Norman Augustine, who served 16 years as a technology advisor to the president, and later became CEO of Lockheed Martin, and Roger Martin, dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.