House Committee to Launch Toyota Investigation

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday will launch an investigation into Toyota's sticking accelerators – a problem that has been linked to at least six deaths, sparked a production halt and one of the largest recalls in history, and may have been caused by irresponsible shortcuts in its rise to being the world's No. 1 automaker.

Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) will call for a hearing entitled, "Toyota Gas Pedals: Is the Public at Risk?" tentatively scheduled for Feb. 4.

In a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Towns writes, "There is some indication the problem may not be limited to Toyota," adding "The public is unsure as to what exactly the problem is, whether it is safe to drive their cars, or what they should do about it."

Towns and the Government Reform Committee are already in the spotlight for grilling Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in an investigation of the government bailout of AIG.

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  • Ken Millstone

    Ken Millstone is an assignment editor at CBSNews.com

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