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Twenty-five percent of the cars sold in California are Toyotas, so the safety problems with some models are of special importance. But Toyota worked hard to be number one in automobile sales throughout the US, and it carefully cultivated its reputation for quality and reliability. Last month, sales nationwide declined by some 16% while the sales of other cars were on the increase. On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point,  how long did Toyota know about the problems before announcing the recalls? Will the repairs work? How serious are the latest concerns? How can Toyota recover from the tarnishing of its image?

Banner image: Ray LaHood testifies before a Congressional committees on Capitol Hill. The Transportation Secretary spoke to the media later to clarify on the remarks he made during the hearing whether Toyota owners who are affected by the recall should drive their vehicles. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Toyota's Total Recall

Guests:
Justin Hyde, Washington Bureau Reporter, Detroit Free Press
Paul Lunsford, Co-owner and General Manager, South Coast Toyota
Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety
Jeffrey Liker, Professor of Engineering, University of Michigan
Peter De Lorenzo, AutoExtremist.com (@Autoextremist)
Eric Dezenhall, Dezenhall Resources

Damage Control

Eric Dezenhall and John Weber

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