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Kaptur: U.S. government complicit in Toyota problems

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Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Could the U.S. government be partially to blame for the Toyota recall?

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur thinks so.

Kaptur laid into Toyota leader Akio Toyoda during a U.S. House Committee investigation into the massive vehicle recall. Her comments were heard across the nation.

"Mr. Toyoda I am not satisfied with your testimony," Kaptur said. "I am being very forthcoming. I do not feel it reflects sufficient remorse for those who have died."

Kaptur says the U.S. government is partially to blame to for the Toyota recall problem. She says the government did not look into accidents. In fact, she believes the accidents were intentionally covered up.

"Now it looks as though there was insider dealing, where Toyota hired some people who used to work for the Highway Safety Administration, then they went back to work with their former colleagues, to eliminate investigation of the vast majority of the cases. It's criminal."

Kaptur says the government will continue to investigate. She says the auto-maker will be held accountable.

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