Feb 24, 2010 9:14 AM by Associated Press

Toyota CEO apologizes for recall, accidents

Toyota's president faces what will likely be a grilling on Capitol Hill today.

In testimony prepared for his appearance before a House committee, Akio Toyoda said he is "deeply sorry for any accidents that Toyota drivers have experienced." He says the company grew too quickly to keep up with safety controls, a problem that he says led to the recalls of millions of vehicles.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee likely won't be satisfied by just an apology. Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski says "He's going to have to say more than that," adding that lawmakers "all have questions for him."

Toyoda will accept "full responsibility" for the recalls and offer his condolences over the deaths of four San Diego, Calif., family members in a Toyota crash in late August. He will tell the committee he's giving his "personal commitment that Toyota will work vigorously and unceasingly to restore the trust" of its customers.




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