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Toyota's president plans Washington visit

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- Akio Toyoda says he will testify at a congressional hearing next week on the automaker's recalls.

Toyoda said in a statement he looks "forward to speaking directly with Congress and the American people."

Toyoda is the grandson of the Japanese automaker's founder. He had said he wasn't planning to attend the hearings but would consider appearing before Congress if invited.

Toyota has recalled 8.5 million vehicles globally to address problems with accelerator pedals and brakes.

The executive's appearance before Congress is expected to raise the profile of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, scheduled for Wednesday.

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