Transportation Secretary on Toyota’s Troubles

By Kevin Chupka

Feb 10, 2010 9:01am

From debilitating snow up and down the east coast to the Toyota recalls, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has a full plate these days.  Still, he managed to find time to join me on GMA this morning to stress that for the DOT safety is priority #1 “Safety is always our number one consideration.  We have not been asleep at the switch when it comes to Toyota.”


In fact he took credit on behalf of his department for some of Toyota’s recalls, “There are three recalls going on right now,” he says, “two of them as a result of our people either going to Japan or me on the telephone with the president of Toyota, holding their feet to the fire on this.  I’ll take a back seat to nobody…when it comes to safety.”


Last week Secretary LaHood had to back track on remarks he made telling Toyota owners not to drive their cars.  This week? “My message is our safety people are holding Toyota’s feet to the fire. We will make sure every car is safe.”


Watch the entire interview here:



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