Toyota has told the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that safety is a shared responsibility among automakers, government and consumers, and that Toyota is doing its part by applying advanced technologies to provide SUV occupants greater protection. "Toyota's internal corporate philosophy is not only to meet, but to exceed, the motor vehicle safety standards in every market where we sell vehicles," said Chris Tinto, director, technical and regulatory affairs for Toyota Motor North America. "Consistent with Toyota's philosophy of continuous improvement -- or kaizen -- we do not wait for Federal requirements before incorporating safety technology." Tinto also said that Toyota is ahead of schedule in meeting all voluntary industry guidelines on side airbags, having complete implementation across its entire SUV and passenger car fleet by the 2003 Model Year.