Automotive Engineering Experts & Toyota Hearings

Appearing before a congressional panel, Toyota Motor Sales USA president James Lentz said the automaker is “taking major steps to become a more responsive, safety-focused organization.” But lawmakers on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee said the firm has gone to extraordinary efforts to rebut critics – while doing too little research on the nature of the problem.

The hearing centered on Toyota’s efforts to debunk claims that electronic-control systems in the cars may have been at fault. Toyota hired Exponent, a consulting firm, to research the issue. But Representative Waxman and other lawmakers said this effort focused on casting doubt on automotive engineering expert witnesses that plaintiffs may use in court.

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