February 2010 Vol. 237 No. 2

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Toyotas Problems and Lessons for Engineers

The recent problems with Toyota’s recall due to faulty accelerators in eight car brands have a very important message for engineers and managers dealing with engineering and designing. Toyota has used CTS Corporation of Indiana to manufacture and supply the gas pedals for the eight models of cars whose sales have been halted in USA and, for some models, in Europe as well. The application of the concept of lean manufacturing, which is a product of Toyota Motor Corporation’s factories in Japan, has led to this situation. The concept is not to be blamed; it has played well in the disciplined and dedicated workforce of Japan. But the transfer of the concept to North Ame

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