Meanwhile, the feds are closing in.
- Toyota apologizes for handling of safety issues - AP/The Buffalo News
The president of Toyota's U.S. operations is apologizing for the company's slow handling of sudden acceleration problems in its vehicles, saying it took too long to confront the issue.
Toyota's James Lentz, certain to face hostile questioning Tuesday at a congressional hearing, says in prepared testimony [thanks to the Wall Street Journal] that Toyota had poor communications within the company, with government regulators and with its customers.
Proceedings to be Webcast here.
- Toyota faces possible criminal charges - John Terrett/Al Jazeera
Excuse me but can this Toyota story get any more odd?
- Family killed while riding in an out-of-control Lexus - Justin Hyde/The Detroit Free Press
Santee, Calif. -- The Friday night trip began at the end of a week's vacation, a family outing to a women's college soccer game just days before Mahala Saylor, 13, would begin life as a high school freshman.
The trip ended in August 2009 with a 911 call and the fiery wreck of a loaner Lexus sedan, killing Mahala, her parents, Mark and Cleofe Saylor, both 45, and her uncle, Chris Lastrella, 38.
Even veteran investigators said it was the worst crash they had ever seen.
Includes link to a disturbing audio of 911 call.
- Back to Basics for Toyota - Akio Toyoda/Toyota president/in The Wall Street Journal
The past several months have been humbling for all of us at Toyota. We are taking this experience to heart, making fundamental changes in the way our company does business. I can assure you that our response will be comprehensive.
An eariler version of the AP story noted that Toyota has to be careful what it says to Congress, because anything it says can and will be taken down and used against it in any criminal action.
Unless Congress gives Toyota immunity for its testimony. Which is how Oliver North got away.
-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News