Lawmakers Skeptical Of Toyota Consulting Firm

Law360, New York (May 20, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT) -- Members of Congress grilled Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday about the company's response to sudden acceleration problems, questioning the independence of a consulting firm that examined the issue for the automaker.

During heated discussions before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's subcommittee on oversight and investigations, several lawmakers criticized Toyota's motives in retaining the supposedly independent research company Exponent Inc. to examine sudden acceleration.

While Toyota claimed to have hired Exponent to do independent research on acceleration problems, the firm was actually hired by Toyota's...
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