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president reportedly plans to hold a press conference in China Monday evening to address the company's safety record and reassure Chinese customers.

The automaker's reputation has been severely tarnished by wake of multiple recalls involving more than 8 million vehicles.

A Toyota spokesman said Saturday that Toyota President Akio Toyoda is visiting China to remind car buyers there of Toyota's commitment to quality and safety,

The Wall Street Journal

reported over the weekend.

The news came after a U.S. congressman Friday said that Toyota withheld important safety data in lawsuits filed by people injured in crashes involving the company's vehicles.

In a letter to Yoshimi Inaba, the company's top U.S. executive, Rep. Edolphus Towns (D., N.Y.) said internal company documents "show a systematic disregard for the law and routine violation of court discovery orders in litigation."

Towns also wrote that the company chose to make large settlements with plaintiffs in order to avoid revealing information from its testing database.

Towns is chairman of the House oversight committee, which grilled Toyota executives this week about the company's recalls.

In a statement, Toyota said, "We are confident that we have acted appropriately with respect to product liability litigation and our discovery practices and look forward to addressing Chairman Towns' concerns."

Shares of Toyota ended Friday up 93 cents at $74.83.

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