Toyota Motor Corp. CEO Akio Toyoda “apologized to Congress and consumers for safety lapses that led to widespread recalls for accelerator and braking failures,” during the hearing today. Video after the break.

“At times, we do find defects,” Toyoda told the panel. “But in such situations, we always stop, strive to understand the problem, and make changes to improve further. We never run away from our problems or pretend we don’t notice them.”

[via Businessweek]