Toyota to appoint ‘Chief Safety Executive’ in the U.S.

As a part of his efforts to delegate more authority to each region in order to monitor safety issues, Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda will create two new executive positions in the United States. The two positions will consists of a “Chief Safety Executive,” who will work full time on recalls and safety concerns and a higher-ranking chief quality officer who will sit on a Special Committee for Global Quality led by Toyoda.

“Virtually all decisions relating to recalls and safety matters are decided in Japan,” said Jim Wiseman, spokesman for Toyota. “This is an effort to elevate key North American executives in major positions of responsibility and authority in that process.”

During hearings this week, Toyota’s top officials agreed that the concentration on decision-making had resulted in a slow response to potential dangerous defects. Also, Toyota plans on passing on reports about defects discovered in one region to the others.

“We intend to share information in a more timely way in regions around the world,” Toyoda said.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News