Last week, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda apologized on Japanese Television for his company's little fiery death safety oversight. Immediately afterward, he was seen departing in a black Audi sedan which, judging by reports, had a fully-functioning accelerator pedal.

"Truly we think of our customers as a priority and we guarantee their safety," Toyoda told NHK from Davos, Switzerland. The company has now recalled over 9 million vehicles to replace accelerator pedals that are capable of sticking in the open position.

Last October, the outspoken Toyoda criticized his company's relentless pursuit of profits over quality and enthusiast products, saying, "Toyota has become too big and distant from its customers...we are grasping for salvation." [via ABC News]