Toyota workers raised safety concerns with bosses in 2006 memo

The notice told of worries about employees and vehicles over the automaker’s push to trim costs
and boost production.

By John M. Glionna

Reporting from Toyota City, Japan – All six Toyota
veterans around the table agreed: The memo they were
about to send to senior management could damage their

The workers had recognized a troubling trend. In recent
years, the automaker had kicked into high gear to fill
the booming U.S. demand for smaller, more gas-efficient

The union men had watched the company take what they
believed were dangerous safety and manpower shortcuts
to lower costs and boost production.

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