Toyota CEO apologizes for recall, accidents


Associated Press

Posted on February 24, 2010 at 9:32 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota's president faces what will likely be a grilling on Capitol Hill today.

In testimony prepared for his appearance before a House committee, Akio Toyoda said he is "deeply sorry for any accidents that Toyota drivers have experienced."

He says the company grew too quickly to keep up with safety controls, a problem that he says led to the recalls of millions of vehicles.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee likely won't be satisfied by just an apology.

Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski says "He's going to have to say more than that," adding that lawmakers "all have questions for him."

Toyoda will accept "full responsibility" for the recalls and offer his condolences over the deaths of four San Diego, Calif., family members in a Toyota crash in late August.

He will tell the committee he's giving his "personal commitment that Toyota will work vigorously and unceasingly to restore the trust" of its customers.

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: FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2010 file photo, Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda reacts during a news conference at a Toyota office in Nagoya, Japan. Hailing from a corporate culture that values consensus over decisive authority, Toyoda is in for a culture shock when he faces a barrage of questions Wednesday from U.S. lawmakers about quality lapses at the automaker.

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: Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles are transported in Yokohama near Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. Americans are likely in for a surprise if they expect Toyota President Akio Toyoda to put on a show of authoritative "the-buck-stops-here" clout at Wednesday's congressional hearing in Washington on the automaker's massive recalls.