February 2, 2010 / 7:40 PM / 11 years ago

UPDATE 1-US Transport Sec: 'We're not finished with Toyota'

* U.S. continues to review possible defects

* Took ‘enormous effort’ to get recall follow-up

* Regulators pressed Toyota execs at two meetings

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. government continues to review possible defects in Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) vehicles and will closely monitor recalls involving millions of vehicles, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Tuesday.

“We’re not finished with Toyota,” LaHood said in an emailed statement to Reuters about the response by the Japanese automaker and the government to consumer complaints leading up to the recalls.

“While Toyota is taking responsible action now, it unfortunately took an enormous effort to get to this point,” LaHood said.

He said U.S. officials traveled to Japan in December to “remind Toyota management” about its “legal obligations” and insisted in a second meeting in Washington in January that the company address faulty accelerator pedals.

“We have been pushing Toyota to take measures to protect consumers,” LaHood said. (Reporting by John Crawley; editing by John Wallace)

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