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Apr 7, 2010 5:39 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Toyota official: 'We need to come clean'

The Associated Press has learned that five days before Toyota announced a massive recall, a U.S. company executive wrote in an internal e-mail: "We need to come clean" about accelerator problems.

Irv Miller, Toyota's group vice president for environment and public affairs, wrote: "The time to hide on this one is over." He went on to say: "We are not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet."

The recently retired Miller wrote the internal e-mail as Toyota officials were on their way to Washington to discuss the problems with federal regulators.

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