Final report on Toyota woes due today
Associated Press / February 8, 2011
WASHINGTON ? The government plans to release the findings of its investigation into runaway Toyotas today, completing a 10-month review that could address whether faulty electronics played a role in the Japanese automaker?s safety recalls.
The Transportation Department said its study examined whether electronics or electromagnetic interference were factors in reports of Toyotas accelerating unintentionally.
Toyota has recalled more than 11 million vehicles since fall 2009 to address sticking accelerator pedals, pedals that snagged on floor mats, and other safety issues.
In August, transportation officials said a preliminary review did not reveal any electronics flaws.
Toyota paid a record $48.8 million in fines for its handling of two recalls. The company has said it has not found any flaws in its electronic throttle control systems and said the previously announced recalls have addressed the safety concerns.
Toyota has begun installing override systems on new cars that automatically cut the throttle when the brake and gas pedals are applied at the same time.
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