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Feb 6, 2010 9:57 AM by Associated Press

More Prius complaints; Japanese media criticize Toyota chief for response

A published report in Japan says that Japan's transport ministry has received nearly 80 complaints of Toyota Prius brake problems in the last 4 days. They include reports of five accidents but no injuries. The newspaper reports the ministry will urge Toyota to investigate the accidents.

Meanwhile, Japanese media is sharply critical today of Toyota's president. They're saying he offered a delayed and unconvincing explanation for the massive car recall that has tarnished the world's biggest
automaker.

Akio Toyoda, the founder's grandson, emerged late Friday to apologize and address criticism that the company mishandled a crisis over sticking gas pedals.

Toyoda's appearance before reporters made the front pages of the Japan's leading newspapers Saturday but won no praise. The top Nikkei business daily said in an editorial that "Words are not enough." It went on the say, "The company's crisis management ability is being subjected to severe scrutiny."

The nationwide Asahi newspaper calls Toyota's delayed reaction to the crisis "Utterly too late."

 

 

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