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Toyota names US exec to head quality task force

ERLANGER, Ky. – Toyota has named a top executive at its U.S. manufacturing operations to head a North American quality task force as the automaker aims to beef up quality controls following millions of vehicle recalls.

Steve St. Angelo will lead Toyota's task force. St. Angelo, who is executive vice president of Toyota's North American manufacturing operations, also will sit on a committee that regularly meets with Toyota President Akio Toyoda in an effort to boost vehicle quality.

Toyota has pledged to take a number of steps to improve quality controls after recalls of more than 8 million vehicles worldwide over sticky gas pedals, pedals that become trapped under floor mats and brake problems on its Prius hybrid.