• Feb 24, 2010
The second day of Congressional hearings on the "Response by Toyota and NHTSA to Incidents of Sudden Unintended Acceleration" has been underway since 11 am this morning, with an animated NHTSA Secretary Ray LaHood juking and jiving around Congress' questions. But the big showing today is Toyota President Akio Toyoda, who's on the stand now to discuss the automaker's handing of the 8.5 million vehicles being recalled for accelerator defects. You can read his official statement here, but understand the real fireworks will take place during the questioning. If you want to get in on the hot Congressional action, here's a live video stream of the proceedings, or if just want the choice quotes, follow along as we live-Tweet Toyoda's remarks.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Darrel Issa guy is such a kiss ass lol. Is he asking questions or giving answers?
        • 4 Years Ago
        But that blonde sitting behind him sure is HOT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, Ohio lady is going balls out on Toyoda. The only way this could be more exciting is if it was on Judge Judy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes speech bubble would have been nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Needs a comic speech bubble:

      I aporogize, on beharf of Toyota peopre, for getting caught. Now, if you were to rook under your seats, you each have a smarr sum, courtesy of your Supreme Court. That is your share of the money we saved by not recarring earrier...
      • 4 Years Ago
      No one has brought up how the NHTSA is VERY inadequate in determining what went wrong anyway.

      Washington Post:
      "NHTSA officials told investigators that the agency doesn't employ any electrical engineers or software engineers."

      Yeah that's sure to help find out what's happening.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But we need smaller government and fewer bureaucrats!

        Oh wait...
      • 4 Years Ago
      CROWD: A witch! A witch! A witch! A witch! We've found a witch! A witch! A witch! A witch! A witch! We've got a witch! A witch! A witch! Burn her! Burn her!
      Burn her! We've found a witch! We've found a witch! A witch! A witch! A witch!
      VILLAGER #1: We have found a witch. May we burn her?
      CROWD: Burn her! Burn! Burn her! Burn her!
      BEDEVERE: How do you know she is a witch?
      VILLAGER #2: She looks like one.
      CROWD: Right! Yeah! Yeah!
      BEDEVERE: Bring her forward.
      WITCH: I'm not a witch. I'm not a witch.
      BEDEVERE: Uh, but you are dressed as one.
      WITCH: They dressed me up like this.
      CROWD: Augh, we didn't! We didn't...
      WITCH: And this isn't my nose. It's a false one.
      BEDEVERE: Well?
      VILLAGER #1: Well, we did do the nose.
      BEDEVERE: The nose?
      VILLAGER #1: And the hat, but she is a witch!
      VILLAGER #2: Yeah!
      CROWD: We burn her! Right! Yeaaah! Yeaah!
      BEDEVERE: Did you dress her up like this?
      VILLAGER #1: No!
      VILLAGER #2 and 3: No. No.
      VILLAGER #2: No.
      VILLAGER #1: No.
      VILLAGERS #2 and #3: No.
      VILLAGER #1: Yes.
      VILLAGER #2: Yes.
      VILLAGER #1: Yes. Yeah, a bit.
      VILLAGER #3: A bit.
      VILLAGERS #1 and #2: A bit.
      VILLAGER #3: A bit.
      VILLAGER #1: She has got a wart.
      RANDOM: [cough]
      BEDEVERE: What makes you think she is a witch?
      VILLAGER #3: Well, she turned me into a newt.
      BEDEVERE: A newt?
      VILLAGER #3: I got better.
      VILLAGER #2: Burn her anyway!
      VILLAGER #1: Burn!
      CROWD: Burn her! Burn! Burn her!...
      BEDEVERE: Quiet! Quiet! Quiet! Quiet! There are ways of telling whether she is a witch.
      VILLAGER #1: Are there?
      VILLAGER #2: Ah?
      VILLAGER #1: What are they?
      CROWD: Tell us! Tell us!...
      VILLAGER #2: Do they hurt?
      BEDEVERE: Tell me. What do you do with witches?
      VILLAGER #2: Burn!
      VILLAGER #1: Burn!
      CROWD: Burn! Burn them up! Burn!...
      BEDEVERE: And what do you burn apart from witches?
      VILLAGER #1: More witches!
      VILLAGER #3: Shh!
      VILLAGER #2: Wood!
      BEDEVERE: So, why do witches burn?
      [pause]
      VILLAGER #3: B--... 'cause they're made of... wood?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh man... I hope you didn't sit in front of the tv playing and rewinding The Holy Grail for the last hour to write that and rather copied it off the internet... but I had perfect visual images of that actual scene... hilarious, thank you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mr. Toyoda looks like Corky from Life goes on.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He sounds like him too...

        **I'm going to hell**
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have to say that Mr. Inaba is doing very well in answering the questions. Can't say that about Toyoda. Must be language problem
      • 4 Years Ago
      I get really tired of these accusations of the government just looking to squash Toyota because they own part of GM...

      There are so many sides to this story, and I'll bullet point them for you so you can come up with your own conclusion:

      1. The government DOES own a large stake in an American automaker GM

      2. The House Oversight committee is made up of democrats who also have a vested interest in Toyota who runs business in some of their districts

      3. Democrats have a long history of preferring foreign car manufacturers over American car manufacturers

      4. The NHTSA is definitely on their toes these days acting uber-diligent with investigations to cover their @$$&$ for previously being slow to act, unthorough, and passive.

      5. Toyota has no doubt been severely undermining its own philosophy for years now and as a result have had numorous issues with their cars.

      6. Toyota has in fact covered up or brushed under the carpet many issues regarding the performance, function or safety of their cars.

      7. The government is also clearly trying to ACT like it has the best interest of the consumers in mind, this is nothing new, political grandstanding.

      I could go on and on. Some will outright disagree with what I've said, some will think I'm only partly right, and some will agree... but the fact of the matter is, people are picking a side in this debacle when in reality I hold true that there is no party worthy of trust here.

      Toyota clearly does its best to conceal as many of its problems as possible.

      The NHTSA is putting on a facade of responsibility when in fact it is run just like any other government agency, crap.

      And the Oversight committee for the government is just grandstanding in the guise of sincere concern for the consumer.


      They're all crap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least two of the people grilling Toyota and giving them grief are Republicans. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah is a Republican, and pointedly asked about a Toyota memo proclaiming the current administration as unfriendly toward the auto industry. Representative John L. Mica, a Republican of Florida, hard-balled Toyota over the internal memo where Toyota bragged about minimizing the costs of a recall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Politics will do anything to look good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota chief apologizes, pledges better safety.

      Stock market price of bubble wrap soars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Forget which board member but he said the Denso pedal had more problems than the CTS one. Isn't that backwards?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stated three separate times. The CTS pedal sticks, not related to sudden unwanted acceleration, The Denso is the guilty party in all unwanted acceleration.
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