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Toyota NA Quality Panel Gets New Members

Rodney E. Slater, one of the men put in charge with Toyota's North American Quality Advisory Panel, announced yesterday the appointment of six new members to the panel, all of them marking figures of the automotive and airspace industries.

All the experts working on the Toyota panel will work on identifying and advising Toyota and its partners on quality and safety issues. Toyota's quality panel, led by Steve St. Angelo, now comprises the following members:

  • Rodney E. Slater, former US Secretary of Transportation
  • Norman Augustine, former chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Patricia Goldman, former Vice-Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Mary Good, Dean of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management
  • Brian O’Neill, former President, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Sheila Widnall, Professor, MIT and former Secretary of the US Air Force

"Toyota is in the midst of a significant global effort to strengthen our quality assurance operations and set a new, higher standard for vehicle safety and reliability.  We are committed to taking the steps necessary to exceed customer expectations in every way possible,” said St. Angelo in a statement.

“Engaging the experience and counsel of independent experts is a critical component of this process.  We are honored to have each of these accomplished leaders partner with us to help ensure that we achieve our goals.”

The first order of business for the panel is to review the carmaker's operating facilities, plants and technical centers. In May, the same thing will happen with Toyota's facilities in Japan.

The group is also working on finding what really happens in Toyota and Lexus vehicles which accelerate on their own, as well as in the rollover problem for the 2010 GX 460.


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