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Akio Toyoda agrees to testify before U.S. House committee

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Akio Toyoda agrees to testify before U.S. House committee

Neil Roland

Automotive News -- February 18, 2010 - 1:16 pm ET

UPDATED: 2/18/10 5:44 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON -- Toyota Motor Corp. CEO Akio Toyoda accepted an invitation to testify next week before a congressional committee that is investigating the automaker's safety problems.

“I have received Congressman Towns' invitation to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on February 24 and I accept," Toyoda said in an e-mailed statement today. "I look forward to speaking directly with Congress and the American people.”

Committee Chairman Ed Towns, D-N.Y. sent a letter today that asked Toyoda to help clear up confusion about how consumers should respond to the automaker's difficulties.

"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.

Toyota North America CEO Yoshimi Inaba and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood are also due to testify.

Separately, the House Energy Committee said its witnesses for the first Toyota hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 23, would be Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. President James Lentz and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief David Strickland.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100218/OEM/100219856/1147#ixzz0fvlLeA2K

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