The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has scheduled a May 6 hearing “to further examine Toyota’s inquiry into potential electronic causes of sudden unintended acceleration.”
In preparation for the hearing, Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, D-Mich., sent letters Friday to Jim Lentz, president/COO of Toyota Motor Sales, and Paul Johnson, president/CEO of Exponent, Inc., seeking additional information about Exponent’s work for Toyota.
Toyota retained Exponent, a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm, in December 2009 to help the company evaluate reports of unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles equipped with electronic throttle control systems. Exponent’s preliminary work showed no problems with the throttles.
Lentz testified before the same subcommittee Feb. 23. Other Toyota executives testified before a different House panel Feb. 24 and a Senate committee March 2.
Toyota said in a statement Friday it was “more than willing to meet with the committee and discuss the ongoing testing related to our electronic throttle control system, as well as the steps we are taking to improve our quality assurance processes. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and reliability of the vehicles our customers drive.”