Chairman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY) and Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) have rescheduled tomorrow’s hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform titled: “Toyota Gas Pedals: Is the Public at Risk?”
The hearing will now take place on Wednesday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m.
The latest move, likely not the result of behind the scenes maneuvering in lobbyist-dominated Washington, gives the beleaguered Japanese automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration more time to prepare for what will be grueling questioning over their conduc, contradictory statements and lack of action on safety matters involving unintended acceleration, sticking gas pedals and failed brakes on a growing number of now millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles.
However, time cuts both ways, as it will give the U.S. Senate a chance to pre-empt the House in the interim. Thus far, no Senate hearings have been scheduled, but the snow storm, and storm of controversy surrounding Toyota creates a political opportunity here.
The House hearing, one of two scheduled, when it comes off is also supposed to “gain a better understanding of the nature of the sudden acceleration problem in Toyota vehicles and what should be done about it.”
“Due to the inclement weather set to impact the DC Metropolitan area tonight and tomorrow, Ranking Member Issa and I have agreed to reschedule the hearing on the Toyota gas pedal recall,” said Chairman Towns. “I look forward to hearing from our witnesses on February 24th.” (more…)