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What does the car company’s future mean for Harrison County?

By The Staff

It’s easy to feel affected by Toyota’s latest recalls that have affected 8.5 million vehicles.

If you don’t drive a recalled Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra or VENZA, chances are you share the road with other drivers that do.

In Washington, D.C., last Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda apologized to a U.S. Congressional Committee, saying “...I am deeply sorry for any accidents that Toyota drivers have experienced.”

Problems with the vehicles’ accelerators, brakes, floor mats and electronic throttles have been linked to hundreds of car accidents around the world, with some of those collisions resulting in deaths.

Toyoda went on to explain Wednesday how procedures will be put in place to improve the company’s quality control.

Besides the vehicles that travel into and within our county lines, the future of Toyota also affects our community in another way.

On Thursday, Toyoda stopped to visit the Toyota Georgetown plant, just 30 minutes from the center of our maiden city.

According to a Toyota representative, 352 Harrison Countians are employed as team members at the car manufacturing facility.

Even more, one could argue, are employed by companies that contract or do business with the most profitable carmaker.

Toyota has already forecasted a $2 billion loss to its operating profit (just up to March of this financial year) from the cost of repairs and anticipated sales loss from the negative publicity.

Especially during a slow economy, one must wonder how the future of Toyota (whatever that may be) will trickle down to Harrison County citizens and our community.

Even though Toyota doesn’t call Cynthiana home, its reaches spread much further than just Scott County.

Three hundred fifty-two Toyota workers shop, eat, play and live in the place we all call home.

And in a small town like Cynthiana, whether good or bad, it’s an impact that will be felt by all.