Tokyo: Toyota Motor Corp. has submitted a letter to the US Congress denying there was a fault with the electronics in millions of vehicles it has recalled due to problems with the accelerator, reports said on Sunday.
In its letter submitted to the US house committee on oversight and government reform, which is investigating the Toyota recalls, the automaker said it “is convinced that there is no problem” with the electronics in its vehicles, Japanese dailies Yomiuri and Nikkei reported, without disclosing their sources.
Embattled head: Toyota president Akio Toyoda surrounded by journalists. Toyoda was reportedly prepared to testify at US congressional hearings if formally asked to do so, as pressure mounted over the rash of recalls. Haruyoshi Yamaguchi / Bloomberg
Toyota also referred to its plans to expand the number of vehicles equipped with computerized brake override systems designed to prevent unintended acceleration, stressing its drive to improve safety measures on its vehicles, the Yomiuri said.
The reports came as embattled Toyota president Akio Toyoda was reportedly prepared to testify at US congressional hearings if formally asked to do so, with the automaker facing intense pressure in the US over the rash of recalls.
The Japanese car company has recalled millions of vehicles worldwide in past months due to problems linked to accelerator and brake functions, sullying the company’s safety reputation.
A separate report by The Wall Street Journal said Toyota commissioned a study into the electronics in its vehicles, which supports the carmaker’s assertion that there is no evidence of problems in the electronics.
“Exponent has so far been unable to induce, through electrical disturbances to the system, either unintended acceleration or behaviour that might be a precursor to such an event, despite concerted efforts toward this goal,” concludes the study being carried out by engineering research firm Exponent, the US business daily said online.
The preliminary study has been shared with US lawmakers planning hearings on Toyota’s safety record, it said.
Toyota officials were not immediately available to comment on the reports.