World Business Briefs

Glass Atrium collapse

NEW YORK: Fire officials say ice has broken through a glass atrium at the Sony Building in New York City and 10 people have sustained minor injuries. A spokesman for the New York City Fire Department said ice and glass fell into the lobby area of the Madison Avenue building on Saturday night. The fire official said no one was seriously hurt, and that the injured were taken to area hospitals. A spokeswoman at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan said four of the injured were taken there with minor injuries. No other information about the incident was immediately available.


Damage control

TOKYO: Fresh from a grilling by US lawmakers, Toyota President Akio Toyoda will speak on Monday in China about his company’s quality problems, seeking to boost confidence and ease consumer worries in the world’s biggest auto market. Toyoda, who testified at a US Congressional hearing last week about the spate of global recalls plaguing Toyota Motor Corp, will speak to reporters at a Beijing hotel, company spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said. The number of vehicles being recalled in China is small compared with the 8.5 million vehicles recalled worldwide since October for sticky gas pedals, faulty floor mats and glitches in braking software. Toyota has ambitious plans for growth in China, where it and its global rivals are finding growth that was stagnating even before the recall crisis in traditional American and European markets.