So Toyota's independent North American Quality Advisory Panel, led by former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater has reached some conclusions after looking into the unintended acceleration crisis and recalls from late 2009 and early 2010.
The conclusion won't surprise you: Toyota's Japan-centric management structure was one of many factors that contributed to the crisis.
The other headline from the panel: there's no proof electronics played a role in causing unintended acceleration.
Both findings, and others by the panel, confirm what many have suspected, and in some cases Toyota has admitted, about the lack of quality control by the Japanese automaker. This is why the real value in the panel's report is not the conclusions, but whether Toyota will truly make changes to correct the problem. I say truly because Toyota has already vowed to de-centralize its decision making process. Now CEO Akio Toyoda has to show his company is changing.