Toyota’s president relents, will testify before Congress

By Admin | Posted in Auto Industry News, Toyota on Saturday, February 20th, 2010 at

Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda said on Friday that he would accept an invitation to testify before a congressional committee on February 24 regarding the Japanese automaker’s continued safety problems. Toyoda’s announcement comes less than a week after he indicated that he would decline such an offer.

Representative Ed Towns, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to Toyoda on Thursday asking him to clarify to U.S. consumers how they should respond to the automaker’s difficulties, according to Auto Week.

“The public is unsure as to what exactly the problem is, whether it is safe to drive their cars, or what they should do about it,” wrote Towns.

Toyoda has been heavily criticized over the past few months for remaining silent while his company struggles to regain the confidence of consumers.

“The number one thing in my mind is regaining the trust of our customers in terms of the safety of our vehicles,” said Toyoda at a press conference on Friday.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who has been critical of the handling of Toyota’s recalls, is also scheduled to testify before Congress on February 24.

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