Toyota Now Weighing Corolla Recall

Company mulls yet another callback, this time for steering
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2010 5:00 AM CST
Updated Feb 17, 2010 6:10 AM CST
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda speaks during a press conference in Tokyo today.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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(Newser) – In a burgeoning Toyota recall crisis, the car maker is now considering calling back Corollas because of a problem with power steering. Meanwhile, the company president is refusing to attend the upcoming US Congressional hearing on complaints about the Corolla. "Our officials in the US will amply answer the questions," Toyota President Akio Toyoda told AP. "We are not covering up anything, and we are not running away from anything."

Toyota's head of quality controls said the company is seriously considering action following complaints about faulty steering in the world's best-selling car. He said Corolla drivers have reported losing steering control. It's not clear whether the problem lies with the braking system or the tires. Toyota—which has recalled 8.5 million vehicles in the last 4 months—has pledged to beef up quality controls.
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