Toyota: recalls may not totally solve problems

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 4:03 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota's top U.S. official says the company's massive recalls may "not totally" solve the company's problems with unintended acceleration of some of its most popular cars and trucks.

Testifying before a House committee, Jim Lentz says the company is still investigating the issue, including whether electronics of the gas pedal system may be at fault. Toyota has not found any evidence of that yet, he says.

Toyota has already recalled 8.5 million vehicles because of sticky gas pedals and floor mats that can trap pedals. Lentz has said before that he was confident the fixes Toyota was installing for those issues would correct the problem.

Lentz also says that Toyota is putting in new brakes that can override the gas pedal on almost all of its new vehicles and a majority of its vehicles already on the road.

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