Gov. Steve Beshear appeared on cable news network msnbc on Thursday to defend Toyota's actions during its global recall and also urge the federal government to be fair in its investigation.
Beshear spoke with anchor Tamron Hall about a letter he drafted along with three governors of other states in which Toyota has plants. Toyota's largest North American plant, which produces Camry and Avalon models that have been recalled, is in Georgetown.
"We were very concerned and are very concerned about Toyota getting fair treatment," Beshear told Hall.
Beshear noted that because of the federal government's stake in rival General Motors, lawmakers should "bend over backwards to make sure they treat Toyota fairly."
When questioned about reports dating back to 2003 on the problems in some recalled vehicles, Beshear responded that many automotive recalls have reports that date back years before the recall is issued.
He acknowledged that the company has made mistakes — "I'm sure they did" — but emphasized "we've got a great corporate citizen."