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March 24, 2010 > Letter to the editor: NUMMI Closing

Letter to the editor: NUMMI Closing

Mr. Toyoda, throw America a bone. Top dog, "numero uno" with Toyota Motors, Mr. Toyoda, is so arrogant as to appear before our Congress turning into a drama queen with tears over his acknowledgment of endangering the lives of millions of Americans, by and through his production of defective vehicles on the one hand. However, on the other hand, he refuses to do what would be nothing more than a token gesture for Toyota motors - to keep the NUMMI Plant in Fremont open and operational. Obviously, you all agree increased production is far more important than public safety. One look into Toyota's revenues and earnings shows it is really not going to matter much other than to save a few dollars by closing NUMMI and relocating to a location where they find cheap labor.

Mr. Toyoda even denies knowledge of defects that his company was well aware of for many months, if not years. His response of, "I really do not know about that," is not credible.

Mr. Toyoda left me of the feeling that because Toyota was busy ramping up in production over the years, it was somehow okay to neglect the consumers of the products they were selling to the public. From what he said, the only thing I can believe is that he truly does not know the full extent of the defects throughout his product lines, nor does he really know if they will be able to fix the problems. He may have put millions of Americans at risk who may sustain serious and substantial bodily injuries and death. Yet, he cannot keep one plant in America operational which Toyota maintained at a usage level in the range of 70 to 90 percent depending on who you want to listen to. The workers state that Toyota had a 90 percent usage, Congress has stated 80 percent, and Toyota has indicated it was 70 percent.

I am sure Mr. Toyoda went back to his Board meetings in Japan boasting, "I love America; they are so stupid."

John N. Kitta, Attorney-at-Law

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