The massive recalls that affected sales at Toyota Motor (TM) are trickling down to its U.S. workforce. The world's largest automaker is looking to reduce managerial staff at its sales headquarters in Torrance, Calif., by offering workers a buyout, the company said Tuesday.

The package consists of a $20,000 payment plus severance pay that includes 10 weeks salary along with an amount equal to two weeks pay for each year of employment, Toyota said in a statement.

The company said it isn't targeting a specific number in the employee-buyout program and said that the program is voluntary. Employees wanting to participate in the buyout must notify Toyota by March 31, the end of the Japanese fiscal year. Those who choose to participate will leave the company by April 28, the company said.

An e-mail notice sent to 629 managers at Toyota Motor Sales said the cuts were needed because of the automaker's need to adapt to a changing industry, Reuters reported.

"As you know, the world and the automotive industry have changed dramatically over the past few years and we need to continue to align our staffing and organizational structure to fit our future needs and growth," the message said.

Toyota employs about 6,100 workers in Torrance, a Los Angeles suburb.

Toyota was the only automaker in the U.S. to record a sales decline in 2010 as most of the industry benefited from increased sales driven by a reviving economy.

The Toyota City, Japan-based manufacturer has seen its U.S. sales impacted by several high-profile recalls that led to federally imposed fines totaling nearly $50 million.

On Tuesday, Toyota reported its U.S. sales rose 17% compared to a year ago, marking the first time the company recorded a year-over-year increase in monthly sales since September.


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richard

Ed- it sounds like you couldn`t get into GM.

February 07 2011 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marie Brown

I have a 14 year old Corolla Toyota. I am the only driver and it feels like my car will be running a long time into the future.

February 03 2011 at 6:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BigEd

If Toyota concentrated on their product engineering & quality management they wouldn't have the recalls or safety problems that has cost them billions and had a severe negative affect on their reputation.

February 03 2011 at 2:23 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jfromulus

most of our military personel in va drives foreign made cars go figure

February 03 2011 at 2:03 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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richard

I guess that shows that even if your in the military, that doesn`t necessarily mean your smart.

February 07 2011 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TBird

They should pack up and move all operations BACK TO JAPAN where that JUNK belongs!

February 03 2011 at 12:59 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
saunterer3

Toyota vehicles are poor quality. Do not let them fool you; what they do have is good advertisement. GM has forgot more about making trucks than Toyota knows.

February 03 2011 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BigEd

Ford makes trucks. GM & other manufacturers just wish they could compete with Ford.
If it wasn't for Omama's bailout with our money GM would be bankrupt. By the way when is GM going to pay us back???

February 03 2011 at 2:27 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
most omnipotent

Ok, their sales increased by 17% and they want less people working for them. Gotta love business people. You are doing well, so cut people. Then business owners wonder why people stop buying stuff. You need jobs to afford things. Business will be the end of this country.

February 02 2011 at 10:40 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
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BigEd

QUESTION-
How many GM workers does it take to change a ceiling light bulb?
ANSWER-
Five; one to hold the bulb & four to turn the ladder!!!

February 03 2011 at 2:31 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
ehm1976

thats ok let all the white people go keep all the foreign people they deserve to have our jobs they can work as good or as better than the rest of us i worked in a foctory these people would take half hour bathroom breaks every hour on the hour & when the line went down they would sit on there culos and yack yack yack we were told to clean they said no no line not working me no work but when it came to the 2008 lay offs guess what they kept there jobs here i am 27 months later on welfare 20000.00 in debt i cant pay my bills but they can take all our jobs to support all the drug smuggling to the us from there countries they bring in millions a day in drugs they sell pot there for 5.00 a pound they bring it here and sell it for 200.00-500.00 a pound so they make millions they shouldent cry if they can grow the drugs there they should keep them there and they wouldent have to come here there average yearly income is 600.00 a year they can come here & make that in a week so ya thanks to all the illegals for taking all our american jobs we worked hard for years now we are struggling while you are living the good life give us a chance we need work too ill work any job illclean a toilet ill work as a cashier a production worker a onion picker ill work in a field all day long ill do it for 2.00 an hour just as long as it will pay one bill a month while youre making that 8.00 an hour ill go to a interview and i tell them ill work for 3.00 an hour they laugh i say well get a person who will take more pay because i want to work keep your people in your own countries !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 02 2011 at 10:24 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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buddy7768

ehm you can lick my toilet anytime.call me fag

February 02 2011 at 11:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
BigEd

ehm1976,
It appears that you never studied English in school. You don't know squat about how to write a sentence.

February 03 2011 at 2:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
td1918

doesn't surprise me!

February 02 2011 at 9:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fastednap

Now they know what it's like to be #1.... recalls, layoffs, attrition deals...ain't so easy is it?

February 02 2011 at 9:20 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply