Congressional Hearings

Toyota Progress Report

May 19, 2010
Over the last few months, Toyota has taken major steps to become a more responsive, safety-focused organization – listening more closely to our customers, responding more quickly to their concerns and those of our regulators, and taking concrete actions to ensure we are among the industry’s leaders in safety.... more

Excerpts from Jim Lentz’s Report to Congress

May 19, 2010
Excerpts of James Lentz’s testimony to the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, May 20, 2010.... more

Jim Lentz Provides Progress Report to Congress on Steps Taken by Toyota to Become a More Responsive, Safety-Focused Organization

May 19, 2010
May 20, 2010

Chairman Stupak, Ranking Member Burgess, members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me here today. My name is Jim Lentz, and I am the President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales, USA.

I am honored to return here to represent the 30,000 Americans who work for Toyota and the many thousands more at our dealerships and suppliers who bring great dedication and spirit to their jobs each day.... more

Toyota Significantly Expands Number of Event Data Recorder Readout Devices in North America

May 05, 2010
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it has expanded the number of Event Data Recorder (EDR) readout devices in North America and the U.S. territories to 150 and is actively training internal and field staff on their use.... more

Comprehensive Analysis Raises Concerns About Gilbert Congressional Testimony, ABC News Segment

Comprehensive Analysis Raises Concerns About Gilbert Congressional Testimony, ABC News Segment

March 08, 2010
Today, during a live webcast, Toyota raised serious concerns about the validity, methodology and credibility of a demonstration of alleged “unintended acceleration” in a Toyota Avalon by Professor David Gilbert of Southern Illinois University and depicted in ABC News broadcasts and on-line segments.... more

Toyota Statement on Rebuttal of Professor Gilbert’s 'Unintended Acceleration' Demonstration

March 05, 2010
Toyota and Exponent have provided Professor David Gilbert of Southern Illinois University with the results of their thorough evaluations of his demonstration of apparent “unintended acceleration” in Toyota and Lexus vehicles as described in his Preliminary Report and in his testimony at recent Congressional hearings. In evaluating Professor Gilbert’s claims, Exponent also analyzed the footage of Professor Gilbert’s appearance on ABC News on February 22, 2010.

Toyota has also supplied the results of these evaluations to the appropriate Congressional Committees. The analysis of Professor’s Gilbert’s demonstration establishes that he has reengineered and rewired the signals from the accelerator pedal. This rewired circuit is highly unlikely to occur naturally and can only be contrived in a laboratory. There is no evidence to suggest that this highly unlikely scenario has ever occurred in the real world. As shown in the Exponent and Toyota evaluations, with such artificial modifications, similar results can be obtained in other vehicles.... more

Toyota Responds to Waxman Committee Request

March 05, 2010
We have received the letter and will, of course, cooperate. Toyota has already agreed to keep the Committee informed on a regular basis. We are providing them with the Exponent report and results of additional testing by Toyota regarding erroneous allegations by Mr. Gilbert that sudden unwanted acceleration can easily be induced in real world conditions. Toyota has offered to demonstrate the results of our further research and would welcome committee representatives to observe those demonstrations.

Toyota is quickly investigating verifiable complaints of unintended acceleration and we are doing everything we can to ensure that our customers are confident in their vehicles and the remedies.... more

Takeshi Uchiyamada: Testimony to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

March 02, 2010
Prepared testimony of Takeshi Uchiyamada, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation, to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, on March 2, 2010.... more

Shinichi Sasaki: Testimony to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

March 02, 2010
Prepared testimony of Shinichi Sasaki, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation, to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on March 2, 2010.... more

Yoshimi Inaba: Testimony to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

March 02, 2010
Prepared testimony of Yoshimi Inaba, President and COO of Toyota Motor North America and Chairman and CEO of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on March 2, 2010.... more

Toyota Statement on Media Reports Regarding Internal Legal Memo

February 28, 2010
Various media reports have recently mischaracterized a 2005 privileged legal memo, recently subpoenaed by Congress, as dealing with sudden unintended acceleration. However, the words "unintended acceleration" or "sudden acceleration" and "sudden unintended acceleration" appear nowhere in this memo.... more

Toyota Statement on Letter From Chairman Towns

February 26, 2010
Toyota takes its legal obligations seriously and strives to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards in its legal and regulatory practices. It is not uncommon, however, for companies to object to certain demands for documents made in litigation. Consistent with that philosophy, we take appropriate steps to maintain the confidentiality of competitive business information and trade secrets. We are confident that we have acted appropriately with respect to product liability litigation and our discovery practices and look forward to addressing Chairman Towns' concerns.... more

Toyota Statement on the Visit Between Toyota President Akio Toyoda and Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

February 25, 2010
President Akio Toyoda met this morning with Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. They had a cordial and open discussion. Mr. Toyoda promised to take the initiative to advance safety to the next level. He reiterated his focus on putting customers first and making sure that going forward the company will do all it can to further improve communications and work more closely with the Department.... more

Clarification of Testimony Regarding Effectiveness of Recalls

February 24, 2010
Contrary to some press reports, Jim Lentz’s testimony to Congress did not reflect a change in Toyota’s position regarding whether its recalls effectively address unintended acceleration issues in certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

As Mr. Lentz said in his opening statement, Toyota has rigorously tested its solutions and we are confident that with these repairs, Toyota vehicles will be among the safest on the road today. Further, we are confident that no problems exist with the electronic throttle control system in our vehicles. We have designed our electronic system with multiple fail-safe mechanisms to shut off or reduce engine power in the event of a system failure. We have done extensive testing of this system and have never found a malfunction that has caused unintended acceleration.

Still, as Mr. Lentz pointed out in his response to questioning, Toyota is being vigilant in addressing consumer complaints and will not ignore any other possible contributing factors to unintended acceleration. Instances of unintended acceleration can be caused by many factors and they are not all sudden or sustained. The category is very broad, affects all major automakers, and can include issues involving cruise control, air conditioning, transmission surges and pedal misapplication. It is in this context that Mr. Lentz stated that Toyota’s recalls will “not totally” address the issue.... more

Toyota Update: Our Work With Exponent

February 23, 2010
In December 2009, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) retained Exponent, one of the country’s leading engineering and scientific consulting firms, to help the company evaluate reports of unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles equipped with the Electronic Throttle Control System with Intelligence (“ETCS-i”) system.... more

Akio Toyoda: Testimony to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

February 23, 2010
Prepared testimony of Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on February 24, 2010.... more

Yoshimi Inaba: Testimony to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

February 23, 2010
Prepared testimony of Yoshimi Inaba, President and COO of Toyota Motor North America and Chairman and CEO of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Feb. 24, 2010.... more

James Lentz: Testimony to House Committee on Energy and Commerce

February 23, 2010
Testimony of James Lentz, President and COO of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Feb. 23, 2010.... more

Toyota Statement Regarding Documents Shared with Congressional Committees

February 21, 2010
Our first priority is the safety of our customers and to conclude otherwise on the basis of one internal presentation is wrong. Our values have always been to put the customer first and ensure the highest levels of safety and quality. Our recently announced top-to-bottom quality review of all company operations, along with new quality initiatives and a renewed commitment to transparency are all designed to reaffirm these values.... more

Statement from Akio Toyoda Responding to Invitation to Testify Before the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

February 18, 2010
“I have received Congressman Towns’ invitation to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on February 24 and I accept. I look forward to speaking directly with Congress and the American people.”... more

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