Jump to content
  • Greetings Guest!

    CheersandGears.com was founded in 2001 and is one of the oldest continuously operating automotive forums out there.  Come see why we have users who visit nearly every day for the past 16+ years. Signup is fast and free, or you can opt for a premium subscription to view the site ad-free.

Sign in to follow this  

D.C. calling louder for Toyota chief

Recommended Posts

D.C. calling louder for Toyota chief

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington -- Pressure is building in Congress for Toyota's top official to testify on the company's string of recalls.

The top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, said the committee should subpoena Toyota president Akio Toyoda if he isn't willing to testify.

Committee chairman Ed Towns, D-N.Y., who has set a Feb. 24 hearing, said he'll discuss the issue with Issa.

Toyota North American chief Yoshimi Inaba is to testify at the hearing. Toyoda, however, has delayed a trip to the U.S. until March and could testify at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing March 2.

Toyota recalled 2.3 million vehicles in the United States for sticky pedals, and 5.4 million over issues of pedal entrapment.

About 2,000 complaints and 19 deaths linked to sudden acceleration claims have been reported over the last decade.

The Japanese automaker also recalled 437,000 Prius cars and other hybrid vehicles worldwide this week.

But the embattled automaker got more support Wednesday, when President Barack Obama told Bloomberg News that he thought the company would recover from a "glitch."

"Every automaker has an obligation when public safety is a concern to come forward quickly and decisively when problems are identified," Obama said in a White House interview. "We don't yet know whether that happened with Toyota. That's going to be investigated ...

"Obviously, Toyota has been an extraordinary automaker for a very long time, and I suspect that they will continue to be, despite this recent glitch."

Four governors, who alleged the government has a conflict of interest investigating Toyota because of its stake in General Motors, continued to defend Toyota. Indiana's Mitch Daniels called the mounting drum beat against Toyota in the capital "a witch hunt."

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear told MSNBC the media has unfairly singled out Toyota, and created a "feeding frenzy."

"They are as American a company as any other manufacturer here," Beshear said.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100212/AUTO01/2120350/1148/D.C.-calling-louder-for-Toyota-chief#ixzz0fL9YLhmU

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

About us

CheersandGears.com - Founded 2001

We ♥ Cars

Get in touch

Follow us

Recent tweets



Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.