Nightly News   |  April 07, 2010

Toyota exec: 'We need to come clean'

NBC's Kelly O'Donnell obtained an internal e-mail from Toyota written by a U.S. company executive five days before the company announced a massive recall in which the executive acknowledges accelerator pedal problems.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: There are two big stories in business news tonight , between them affecting millions of American consumers. First, Toyota. Our own Kelly O'Donnell on Capitol Hill has obtained an internal e-mail written by a company executive here in the US just five days before Toyota announced a massive recall. In the e-mail, the company executive acknowledges the company has accelerator pedal problems. Goes on to say, quote , "We are not protecting our consumers by keeping this quiet. The time to hide on this one is over. We need to come clean." Look for a lot more on this story tomorrow.