Toyota's Lentz To Testify at First Congressional HearingBy Michelle Krebs February 18, 2010
Toyota's president of U.S. sales, Jim Lentz, will testify at the first U.S. House hearing on Toyota's recalls next week, rather than the originally planned appearance of the company's North American president Yoshimi Inaba.
Toyota has been called to testify at two congressional hearings next week. The House Energy and Commerce Committee moved up its hearing by two days to Tuesday, February 23. Toyota said the date change would require Inaba to alter his travel plans. He will testify at a February 24 hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, she said.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda said he does not plan to testify at any of the Congressional hearings.
Toyoda said he trusts Toyota's North American managers to answer questions from Congressmen. However, his decision not to show up in Washington is being harshly critized by industry watchers around the world.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the recalls March 2. -- Michelle Krebs, Senior Analyst and Editor at Large