Ky. Senate resolution pats Toyota on the back

FRANKFORT — Embattled automaker Toyota got a boost Tuesday from a state lawmaker.

Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, filed a measure urging the Senate to express its support and gratitude to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky "for its outstanding contributions to the commonwealth and for the ongoing example it sets to all as a model corporate citizen of Kentucky."

Senate Resolution 148 also urges U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood "to remind all of those under his supervision to remain fair, objective and impartial in any investigation that the department may undertake of any concerns related to Toyota vehicles."

It also urges Gov. Steve Beshear to continue working with the governors of Texas, Indiana, Mississippi and West Virginia, where Toyota has production facilities, "to help ensure that the federal government and its agencies" remain fair "when examining recent unfortunate aberrations in some Toyota vehicles."

Toyota has come under fire for sticky accelerators and other problems that have led to a massive recall. The company produces the Camry, Avalon, Camry hybrid and Venza at its Georgetown plant.