Bowing to Congress: Toyoda Heading to DC

By David Schoetz

Feb 18, 2010 6:34pm

Akio Toyoda, president of the Toyota Motor Corp, announced today that he will accept the invitation to appear before a Congressional committee in Washington later this month. “I have received Congressman Towns’ invitation to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on February 24 and I accept,” he said in a statement on the Toyota Web site. “I look forward to speaking directly with Congress and the American people.” Toyoda, pictured above bowing before reporters earlier this month, has repeatedly apologized for a series of safety problems likely behind several deadly accidents that have led to the recall of millions of Toyotas. See a slideshow featuring some of those crashes here. Critics, including former Toyota lawyer Dimitrios Biller, say the company deliberately hid evidence of safety defects, as the Blotter reported earlier today. Biller has been subpoenaed to appear before the same Congressional committee. Embedded below is an interview he did with ABC News. Biller and Toyota, of note, are in the process of suing on another. Toyota denies Biller's claims. It is the latest chapter in a story we've been reporting for months.

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