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Friday, 19th February 2010
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Toyota president to face US Congress

The president of Toyota Akio Toyoda is to speak in US Congress following the global crisis that has hit the brand and seen millions of cars recalled.

He will face a committee who will question him over the recent scandal, which saw almost nine million cars recalled around the globe, over various safety problems which in the US alone are thought to have contributed to almost 40 deaths.

Customers have complained of faulty accelerator pedals and problems with footwell mats in various models.

Ahead of the appearance, Toyoda promised to answer any questions with "all sincerity". He is scheduled to travel to the US on February 24th.

Commenting on the situation, analyst at AutoPacific Ed Kim said it is "a PR mess on a scale Toyota has never had in its history".

"A lot of the moves Toyota has made up to now seem erratic and confused because they’ve never had to deal with anything like this before," he pointed out.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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