Congressman Wants Toyoda in D.C.

For the upcoming congressional hearing, scheduled on February 24, Toyota's CEO Akio Toyoda's presence may be requested, should Rep. Darrell Issa's, the senior Republican on the House Oversight Committee, will be done. According to Autonews, the congressman will ask the committee to invite Toyoda to the hearing.

“Given the number of outstanding questions surrounding Toyota's relationship with U.S. regulators and in the best interests of moving forward, I'd like to help facilitate a dialogue between Mr. Toyoda and lawmakers from both parties and both chambers," Issa said in a statement cited by the source.

The committee confirmed this course of action may be taken, especially because Toyoda will be in the US towards the end of the month, for a meeting with dealers and suppliers. “Chairman Towns looks forward to receiving Rep. Issa's letter and to discussing his request,” Jenny Thalheimer Rosenberg, spokeswoman for the House Oversight Committee told Autonews.

Yesterday, the congressional committee announced it is postponing the Toyota hearing on the Japanese carmaker's recall. The hearing has been rescheduled for February 24, one day before the Energy and Commerce subcommittee reviews Toyota.

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) warned congress to base the hearing on facts and not on listening to all the "unsubstantiated rhetoric" on the subject.

"We urge all government officials, whether in Congress or the Administration, to be careful what they say while the investigation goes forward. It's important not to rush to judgment. Ill-advised comments reverberate through the entire American buying public, impacting auto dealerships, their employees and our local and national economy."
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