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Former U.S. Attorney to Oversee Toyota Safety Procedures

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/13/2014 Erick Ayapana

Toyota now has another set of eyes to oversee its safety procedures. The Detroit News reports that the Justice Department and Toyota have selected former U.S. Attorney David Kelley to act as the automaker’s independent monitor, ensuring the company avoids any safety mishaps.

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The arrangement is part of the settlement Toyota and the Justice Department reached back in March following an investigation into how the automaker handled its unintended acceleration recalls. While Toyota admitted to misleading consumers and government officials, it also pleaded not guilty during the settlement hearings. As part of the agreement, Toyota paid a $1.2 billion fine and agreed to add the independent safety monitor position. The automaker voluntarily took additional steps to prevent and deal with recalls, including the appointment of new rapid-response teams and extending vehicle development cycles. 2009 Toyota Rav4 Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2009 Toyota Rav4 Front Three Quarter

“We intend to have a cooperative and constructive working relationship with Mr. Kelley,” Toyota spokeswoman Julie Hamp told The Detroit News. “In our view, this is an opportunity to build on the important changes we have made over the past four years to serve our customers better.”

Kelley, who is currently a partner at the New York-based Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP law firm, will provide reports to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York. His appointment comes after General Motors and Chrysler added similar positions to bolster their safety cred. 2009 Toyota Camry Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend 2009 Toyota Camry Front Three Quarter

Source: The Detroit News

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