Setting up what is sure to be a thrilling showdown like something out of a Highlander movie, Toyota’s President and CEO Akio Toyoda has decided to accept Congressman Ed Towns’ formal invitation to appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“We are pleased Mr. Toyoda accepted the invitation to testify before the Committee,” Towns and the Committee’s Ranking GOP Member Darrell Issa said in a statement. “We believe his testimony will be helpful in understanding the actions Toyota is taking to ensure the safety of American drivers.”
Until yesterday, Toyoda had been passing the appearing-before-Congress buck to the head of Toyota’s North American operations. And then yesterday he said he would consider attending if he received a formal invitation from Congress.
The hearing, which will focus on the causes and reaction to the massive recall of over 8 million Toyota vehicles, is currently scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. ET.