Senate panel to review Toyota recalls

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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 5:32 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time in seven days, Toyota executives and federal regulators will be grilled on Capitol Hill by lawmakers.

Three Toyota executives and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood are among the witnesses expected to appear before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation today. There will likely be more questions about sudden unintended acceleration.

Since September, Toyota has recalled about 6 million vehicles in the U.S., 8.5 million globally. Still, questions remain. A review conducted by The New York Times found numerous complaints to the government about speed control problems in Toyota Camry sedans not included in the recalls.

According to remarks prepared for today's hearing, former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater will head an independent panel to review changes to the company's quality control systems. Slater served during the Clinton administration.

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