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Well you heard it here first on Fox Business the Department of Transportation doing a U turn saying it does not it buys Toyota drivers to stop driving their recalled vehicles.
But instead take them to get them repaired.
Now the controversy has to do with some comments made from transportation secretary Ray LaHood at a hearing this morning here's what he had to say.
-- I invited my advice is if anybody owns one of these vehicles.
Stop driving it take it took Toyota dealer because they believe they have the fix for -- But now the Department of Transportation out trying to clarify that comment saying lahood.
Didn't mean stop driving it Jeff Flock Kenya -- -- square peg round hole for us.
I think we finally got to the bottom of this Brian here's the deal -- if you listened to the whole context of what he said.
He was getting grilled in some sense but what have you done what and he essentially said and I've got his to a -- -- put -- a quote the second of what.
That's set outside the hearing -- clarified it.
He essentially said well you know if you got a problem would it stop driving essentially with a quote that said but -- -- put up on the screen what he said outside the hearing.
What I said and there was obviously in this statement.
If you own one of these cars take it to the dealer here in doubt take it to the dealer and have them fix it.
That's three woods for patient loads a good man.
He he you know -- response said you know he got a problem.
Stop driving essentially is what he said in the hearing.
-- he admits it was in the statement.
Despite that that's sort of takes it one step back from the disaster of Toyota but there's plenty of disaster out there.
Let's start we had the problems.
With the other -- -- the gas pedal.
But the brake pedal.
Toyota Prius is now in the line of fire in Japan there have been fourteen break complaints since July.
In the US more than a hundred.
And the Japanese transport ministry is now ordering Toyota to investigate the brakes apparently there is a loss of break.
When you hit a pothole.
Or goal we're not even wrote all cars now but these reports -- reports -- -- in apparently that's been a problem.
On top of that.
Yesterday Steve Wozniak who you know always the co-founder of apple and perhaps a knew that the world expert on software.
He said that he has a 2010 Toyota Prius he's been apparently trying to -- contact Toyota and gets.
For some months he's his problem is this he says he doesn't model when ten Prius hybrid.
That has an accelerator that goes wild but only under certain conditions of cruise control this is a totally separate problem and Wozniak says.
This is software it's not a -- accelerator pedal.
It's very scary.
On top of this -- to secretary lahood not retracting the statement that he made this morning which says I need to talk.
Two Akio Toyoda who was the CEO of Toyota.
I'm going to get him on the phone and make sure that we're clear on what has happened here how serious this is in addition.
On Capitol Hill there's going to be -- hearing looking into reports that Toyota knew that it had accelerator problems in the 2006.
Tundra Toyota Tundra.
Essentially pick up truck.
That they essentially knew they had problems as far back is that they thought they fixed it but -- there were more problems in Europe.
There was another attempted fix they're and so.
The implication is they knew about this problem long before they brought -- to everyone's attention.
And there may be some hell to pay on that one as well as -- said.
We are not done with Toyota.
Would you like to have been a fly on the wall between the call you know that was made today sometime between lahood testimony wrapping up.
And the DOT clarification somebody from Toyota -- called DC.
Well when I heard that quote I said holy -- where did that get made I heard that it was in a congressional hearing.
And my first thought was you know Ray LaHood is a good guy Smart guy.
I had a feeling it was not.
A new DOT directive but that in fact it was in response to a question we've got his press person on the line -- when guys got -- our producer got.
Her on the line.
And she immediately clarified with.
That's not what he meant to say.
And you're right there could have been a call from -- known as well.
But you know they got so much problems right at the moment I don't know you know sometimes they got twenty pounds you know what a ten pound bag so -- let us not forget what Toyota does employ a lot of Americans in Georgetown Kentucky.
In California in a number of other plants -- the country so a lot of Americans to -- instantly just shot one of those plants down on the West Coast by the way so there's a flock thank you.
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