Toyota boss to attend US hearing

Toyota boss Akio Toyoda is set to attend a Congress hearing over the recent recalls by the manufacturer.

He will discuss the recalls with US politicians during the government hearing next week after being criticised for a slow response to the firm's safety situation.

Over the past four months, around 8.5 million vehicles were recalled worldwide following problems involving accelerator pedals, accelerators getting stuck in floor mats and brakes on various cars.

Grandson of the founder of the Japanese car manufacturer, Mr Toyoda said he was looking forward to "speaking directly with Congress and the American people".

He accepted the invitation from the chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight and Government reform Committee, as a new probe was launched into Corolla models facing potential steering problems.

Committee chairman and Democratic Representative Edolphus Towns told Mr Toyoda in the invitation that motorists were "unsure as to what exactly the problem is, whether it is safe to drive their cars, or what they should do about it".

Copyright © Press Association 2010