Monday, February 15, 2010

Toyota's safety problems

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"Toyota: Stop funding groups that lobby against car safety standards. Quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."

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Dear MoveOn member,

Toyota wants customers to believe that safety is it's number one priority. The company president even went on TV to apologize to customers for its recent problems.1

So why is Toyota funding lobbyists who oppose auto safety standards?

Toyota is a funder of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which for years has fought efforts in Congress to strengthen car safety protections.2

It's time to call them out. With so much public attention focused on their safety record right now, Toyota can't afford to ignore a public outcry.

Can you sign our petition urging Toyota to quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? Clicking here will add your name to our petition:

The petition says: "Toyota: Stop funding groups that lobby against car safety standards. Quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce." After signing, please forward this email to your friends, family, and co-workers.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's record on auto safety is awful. In 2000, the U.S. Chamber blocked important new safety protections after at least 300 people were killed and 3,000 injured in SUV rollovers.3

And last year, the U.S. Chamber fought efforts by President Obama to make sure people injured by defective automobiles are able to sue for damages. If the U.S. Chamber had their way, many people injured or even killed by defective cars wouldn't even get their day in court.4

Those are just two of the most extreme examples of the U.S. Chamber's extreme agenda.

In fact, Toyota was under pressure to quit the Chamber long before this safety crisis. The Chamber's far-right agenda against clean energy caused major corporations like Apple to quit in protest. And in June, thousands of MoveOn members and Toyota owners called on Toyota to quit the Chamber as well.5

The message to Toyota is clear. From the environment to car safety, Toyota must quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to gain back our trust.

Sign this petition to urge Toyota to stop funding lobbyists to oppose car safety. Clicking here will add your name:

Thank you for all you do.

–Steven, Ilya, Lenore, Eli, and the rest of the team


1. "Toyota president offers rare apology as pressure mounts," Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2010

2. "Toyota: We're staying in US chamber of commerce," The Guardian, October 26, 2009

"Chamber: W.H. attacks are backfiring," Politico, October 26, 2009

3. "Auto Safety Legislation Rolled by Special Interests," Public Citizen, October, 2000

"Chronology of Firestone/Ford Knowledge of Tire Safety Defect," Public Citizen, accessed February 12, 2009

4. "Shift Toward State Rules on Product Liability," The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2009

5. "Apple Leaves U.S. Chamber Over Its Climate Position," The Washington Post, October 6, 2009

"MoveOn Targets Toyota's Chamber Membership," Mother Jones, October 21, 2009

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