Toyota Motor and its quality control problems are the focus of Washington this week. The following three congressional hearings will be held.
2/23 - 11:00am, 2123 Rayburn House Office Bldg. House Energy and Commerce Committee Full committee hearing on "Response by Toyota and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to Incidents of Sudden Unintended Acceleration." Witnesses: Eddie and Rhonda Smith, Sevierville, TN; Sean Kane, President, Safety Research & Strategies, Inc.; David Gilbert, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Automotive Technology, Southern Illinois University; James E. Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.; The Honorable Raymond H. LaHood, Secretary, Department of Transportation.
2/24 - 11:00am, 2154 Rayburn House Office Bldg. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Full committee hearing on "Toyota Gas Pedals: Is the Public At Risk?" Witnesses: Akio Toyoda, Toyota President and CEO; Ray LaHood, Transportation Secretary; David Strickland, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator; Yoshimi Inaba, Toyota Motor North America CEO; Joan Claybrook, Former National Highway Traffic Administrator; Sean Kane, Safety Research and Strategies, Inc.; Mr. Clarence M. Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety; Mrs. Fe Lastrella, Lost Family Members in a Car Accident Involving a Toyota Vehicle; Mr. Kevin Haggerty, Experienced Sudden Unintended Acceleration in a Toyota Vehicle.
3/2 - 10:00am, 253 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is holding a full Committee hearing on Toyota’s recently announced safety recalls. Witnesses: Hon. Raymond LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation; Hon. David Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Shinichi Sasaki, Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Corporation; Yoshimi Inaba, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toyota Motor North America; Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety.