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Toyota has taken several steps to improve its flawed quality control procedures.

The company’s U.S. sales chief plans to tell Congress today, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. President Jim Lentz will say that the company has found no evidence that its electronic throttle-control technology caused unintended acceleration of vehicles.

“We now understand that we need to improve our communication with customers about the features, characteristics and normal functions of our vehicles,” Lentz will say in prepared remarks.

He will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on oversight, which is holding a hearing to review what Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have done in the last few months to identify and address the causes of unintended acceleration.

It will be the second time for Lentz on the hot seat in Washington. He appeared there in February following the recall of about 8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles worldwide for unintended acceleration.

Toyota now faces hundreds of lawsuits in connection with the safety crisis and has already paid a $16.4 million fine for delays in notifying regulators about safety defects in gas pedals. Additional penalties could be assessed if the Transportation Department finds evidence the company delayed other recalls.

Lentz will tell the committee that Toyota has made progress in its quality control systems.

“We are taking major steps to become a more responsive, safety focused organization — listening more closely to our customers, responding more quickly to their concerns and those of our regulators and taking concrete actions,” he plans to tell the committee.

But he will add that Toyota “remains confident that our electronic throttle-control system is not a cause of unintended acceleration.”

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