TOKYO (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it has been
subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in New York to submit documents
related to problems with steering relay rods.
The world's largest automaker, which is trying to repair a
reputation damaged by recalls of millions of cars worldwide, said
the federal grand jury issued the subpoena to its U.S. subsidiary
in late June. Toyota said it was the company's second subpoena from
a federal grand jury.
A grand jury determines whether evidence exists to bring
"The company and its subsidiary are sincerely cooperating with
authorities on the probe," Toyota said in a statement.
Toyota said the federal grand jury's subpoena did not specify
In February, Toyota was subpoenaed by a U.S. federal grand jury
seeking documents related to unintended acceleration in its
vehicles and the braking system of its Prius hybrid.
Toyota has recalled more than 8.5 million vehicles worldwide to
address the possibility of unintended acceleration and to fix a
braking problem in its Prius hybrid.
Toyota paid a record $16.4 million fine for its slow response to
an accelerator pedal recall and is facing hundreds of state and
federal lawsuits. Congress is considering an upgrade to auto safety
laws in the aftermath of the Toyota recalls that began in October.
In Tokyo, Toyota shares fell 2.6 percent Tuesday to close at