Toyota looking into Corolla steering problems

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TOKYO -- Toyota is considering a recall of its hot-selling Corolla subcompact after complaints about power steering problems - another blow to the world's largest automaker already reeling from a string of recalls for safety problems.



Company President Akio Toyoda, meanwhile, said Wednesday he won't be attending the U.S. congressional hearing on the automaker's safety lapses, entrusting the job to U.S.-based executives - though he did say he would consider appearing if summoned. He said he wanted to focus his energies on improving quality worldwide.



He said Yoshi Inaba, who heads Toyota Motor Corp.'s North American unit, was more familiar with the U.S. situation and the best executive to deal with the hearing. Toyoda said he was still making plans to go to the U.S. and dates have yet to be set.

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