Following months of denials and delays, Toyota's worldwide chief has made an unprecedented appearance before a US congressional panel.

Akio Toyoda, the chief executive of the world's largest carmaker, apologised in front of legislators for the company's slow response to potentially deadly defects.

He told them the company his grandfather started more than 70 years ago had "confused" its priorities, becoming more concerned with growth than safety.

Al Jazeera's John Terrett reports from Washington.

Source: Al Jazeera