TMC has repeatedly denied withholding information from the public about the global recalls. When asked by ABC News when, specifically, Toyoda first heard of the Prius problem he said as translated, "I cannot recall the exact month and day when we were notified first. I constantly receive all sorts of information. The department of quality control closely reviews each aspect to guarantee the quality. If you ask when, the answer is this year."
Toyoda, who plans to visit the US to address Toyota employees about the situation, said he has not yet fixed his own Prius.
When asked by ABC News if any Toyota officials would be held responsible for the global recall Toyoda said, "In regards to responsibility, Toyota's responsibility is that we have to truly cooperate together to regain the trust of our customers."
"I don't personally believe Toyota is failure proof," Toyoda said as translated, " But when we receive inquires or reports from customers we make sure that all of those things are corrected and modified, (we) implement improvement so that we can provide better products for our customers. We have done that in the past and we will continue to do so in the future as well."
"We will do everything in our power," Toyoda said in English, "to gain the confidence of our customers."
Miki Toda contributed to this report.