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Norton: Is My Camry Hybrid Safe?

Updated 5:51 p.m. EST

In a sometimes awkward exchange, D.C. congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton challenged Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda over whether her car - a Toyota Camry hybrid - will ever appear on a recall list for any reason.

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Toyoda was appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday, where he apologized to and millions of American Toyota owners - for safety lapses that led to deaths and widespread recalls for accelerator and braking failures.

Norton said she had always bought American cars, but switched to the Camry hybrid when American manufacturers were not keeping up with Japanese innovations.

"I was relying on this extraordinary reputation for quality and safety that had been built over generations," Norton said. "So I ask you, is there any chance that the Camry hybrid will be recalled?"

Yoshimi Inaba, president and CEO of Toyota Motor North America Inc., insisted that the Toyota Camry is in fact an American car - in that it is manufactured in the U.S. from U.S.-made parts - sparking an angry Norton to ask whether Inaba was disavowing the vehicles' Japanese provenance amid the company's current difficulties.

"It's got Mr. Toyoda's name on it," Norton said.

Inaba ultimately said only, "I think you will be very safe driving the car."

The delegate represents the District of Columbia in Congress and serves on committees but does not have a vote on the House floor.

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