House Committee To Toyoda: Consider Yourself Invited

Toyota President Akio Toyoda's announcement Wednesday that he wouldn't be attending next week's congressional hearings into the company's gas pedal recall and would instead let Toyota's North American chief represent the automaker was, in this climate, guaranteed to get a response.

It's not a subpoena (yet), but the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has formally invited Toyoda to testify. 

When pressed yesterday, Toyoda said he would "consider" appearing before Congress if he recieved a formal invitation.

Read the committee's news release and invitation to Toyoda to see just how formal it's become.