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Toyota problems may bring new regulations

WASHINGTON — The government may require automakers to include brake systems that can override the gas pedal in response to Toyota’s massive recalls, auto safety officials told Congress on Thursday. David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in prepared remarks to a House panel that his agency may require the brake override systems, a fix ...

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Toyota complaints causing Prius panic

NEW YORK — Reports of sudden acceleration in the Toyota Prius have spiked across the country. But that doesn’t mean there’s an epidemic of bad gas pedals in the popular hybrid. Experts on consumer psychology say the relentless negative media attention Toyota has received since the fall makes it much more likely that drivers will mistake anything unexpected — or ...

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Toyota wants wrecked Prius; police refuse

HARRISON, N.Y. — A New York police official says Toyota wants a Prius that was involved in a crash — but his department is “not prepared to release it just yet.” Harrison police Capt. Anthony Marraccini said Wednesday that he had spoken to someone from Toyota’s regional headquarters. The Department of Transportation also says federal safety regulators are gathering information ...

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Toyota reports sales exceed expectations

TOKYO — A high-ranking Toyota executive says the automaker’s North American sales spiked around 50 percent the first eight days of March as incentives helped lure customers after a series of embarrassing safety recalls. Don Esmond, senior vice president of automotive operation for Toyota Motor Sales, says that the early numbers surpassed the company’s expectations. Esmond says there is pent-up ...

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Toyota lawsuits could cost automaker $3B

MIAMI — Toyota owners claiming that massive safety recalls are causing the value of their vehicles to plummet have filed at least 89 class-action lawsuits that could cost the Japanese auto giant $3 billion or more, according to an Associated Press review of cases, legal precedent and interviews with experts. Those estimates do not include potential payouts for wrongful death ...

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Toyoda promises to 'restore trust'

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda met with Japan’s prime minister today and promised to restore trust in the automaker’s cars as it embarks on a broad campaign to repair its tarnished reputation. Toyoda pledged to improve quality controls is his meeting with Japanese premier Yukio Hatoyama and other government officials on the company’s problems. “I explained that ...

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House committee questions Toyota's testing

WASHINGTON — A House committee is questioning how rigorously Toyota tested for sudden acceleration in its vehicles and is asking the automaker for more records on the safety issues. The House Energy and Commerce Committee writes in a letter to Toyota executive Jim Lentz Friday that there is “an absence of documents” showing that Toyota has thoroughly investigated the possibility ...

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Toyota keeps lid on 'black boxes'

Toyota has for years blocked access to data stored in devices similar to airline “black boxes” that could explain crashes blamed on sudden unintended acceleration, according to an Associated Press review of lawsuits nationwide and interviews with auto crash experts. The AP investigation found that Toyota has been inconsistent – and sometimes even contradictory – in revealing exactly what the ...

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Toyota customers say repairs didn't work

DETROIT — At least 15 Toyota drivers have complained to U.S. safety officials that their cars sped up by themselves even after being fixed under recalls for sticky gas pedals or floor mat problems, according to an Associated Press analysis. The development raises questions about whether Toyota’s repairs will bring an end to the cases of wild, uncontrolled acceleration or ...

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Toyota to face more scrutiny from Congress

WASHINGTON — Toyota Motor Corp. faces more questions from Congress over its troubled safety record when top company officials testify today at a Senate hearing on the automaker’s huge worldwide recall of 8.5 million vehicles. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold the third congressional hearing in seven days on whether Toyota and federal safety regulators acted ...

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