Congress Not Satisfied With Toyota’s Apologies

As expected, Toyota Motor Corp.’s top executives faced a tough grilling from lawmakers during an appearance before a Congressional hearing yesterday into allegations that the company covered up potential safety defects and didn’t move quickly enough to fix problems.

As reported by the Detroit Free Press, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda and Yoshimi Inaba, president and of Toyota Motor North America appeared before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Capitol Hill. Toyoda spent much of the three-hour hearing apologizing for errors that were made, saying the company took “full responsibility” for past mistakes and vowing to do a better job in the future.

However, the apology wasn’t enough for many lawmakers who expressed displeasure that neither Toyoda or Inaba explained why Toyota took years to address thousands of complaints about sudden acceleration problems with its vehicles.

“I am not satisfied with your testimony,” said Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio. “I do not feel it reflects sufficient remorse for those who have died, and I do not think you have accurately reflected the large number of complaints that have been filed for more than a decade.”

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