Whistleblower: "Nummi Management Routinely Deleted or Downgraded Significant and Serious Defects."
SFGate reports that a former quality control inspector at Toyota and GM's joint production facility in Fremont, California is suing her old employer for emotional distress. Katy Cameron, 54, claims supervisors at the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) factory subjected her to a campaign of intimidation after Cameron refused to ignore production defects. Cameron said cars were rolling off the assembly line with "defective seat belts," "water leaks throughout the vehicles," "mirrors falling off," "steering wheel alignment defects" and "missing radiator caps." Managers allegedly began altering her defect reports eight years ago to lower her daily Defect Per Vehicle reports. She says the alterations became "more substantial" two years ago, when she was recording an average of nine to 15 defects per car. At that point, Cameron began retaining her original pencil written reports (to document the changes) and turning-in photocopies. NUMMI spokesperson Lance Tomasu said that while he couldn't comment on the lawsuit, "we will investigate these claims thoroughly."