By KEN THOMAS
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional committee has asked Toyota
president Akio Toyoda to testify at its hearing next week on the
Toyoda is the grandson of the Japanese automaker's founder. He
has said he wasn't planning to attend the hearings but would
consider appearing before Congress if invited.
The Toyota executive has faced calls by some lawmakers to
testify about safety problems connected to the recall of 8.5
million vehicles globally. His appearance before Congress would
raise the profile of the House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee Hearing, scheduled for Wednesday.
Toyoda has said he was planning to travel to the U.S. soon to
meet with company workers and dealers.
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