Toyota US Head Defends Internal Acceleration Probe

Law360, New York (February 23, 2010, 6:35 PM EST) -- The head of Toyota Motor USA Sales Inc. on Tuesday defended the company's probe into the electronic throttle system on its vehicles as he faced a congressional firing squad over the automaker's handling of sudden unintended acceleration complaints.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations held a nearly six-hour hearing on Toyota's response to consumer complaints of SUA, during which lawmakers spent more than two hours questioning Toyota USA President and CEO James E. Lentz.

Several members of the panel pressed Lentz...
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