Toyota CEO, Mr Akio Toyoda, has, after initially declining the offer, accepted United States House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Mr Ed Towns’ invitation to testify in Washington next week.
“I have received Congressman Towns’ invitation to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on February 24 and I accept,” Toyoda said in a statement.
“I look forward to speaking directly with Congress and the American people.”
The news comes as mounting public concern over Toyota’s recent wave of safety recalls forced the US government to increase pressure on the manufacturer for a response.
Mr Toyoda, grandson of Toyota’s founder, has been an absent voice in the US during the company’s recent recall drama, instead leaving Toyota Motor Sales president Mr Jim Lentz to the task.
Mr Lentz will be the lead witness during a February 23 House hearing, but new pressure from the federal government could see Mr Toyoda take the stand on the following day.
CarAdvice will keep you posted on any developments.