The Detroit Free Press reports that the FBI served search warrants to the offices of three Toyota suppliers in the Metro Detroit area: Yazaki North America, Denso International, and Tokai Rika (TRAM). Apparently the feds were looking for documents related to alleged antitrust violations, however agents declined to offer a reason for the search.
The warrants are under seal in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
According to Denso International America spokesperson Julie Kerr, the raid was not related to the ongoing probe into Toyota's 1.4 million unit recall. However Kerr was unable to comment any further about the raid and possible relations to other issues. Desno supplies accelerator pedals and other components to the automobile manufacturer.
"That’s all we know, is that the investigation is in regard to anti-trust issues," Kerr said. "We are cooperating."
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda is currently in Washington D.C., taking the stand in regards to the recent problems and eventual recall of 1.4 million automobiles. He told Congress on Wednesday that "we never run away from our problems," and apologized for the accidents caused by his company's vehicles.
"My name is on every car," he added.