Toyota was Repairing Accelerators Prior to Recall

The Associated Press (4/7) reported that its analysis of internal Toyota documents indicated that Toyota had “issued internal repairs to its own distributors in 31 European countries about sticking accelerator pedals months before it warned US regulators about the problem.”  Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood cited the European warnings in deciding to seek a fine against Toyota.

Bloomberg New (4/7, Fisk, Ohnsman, Keane) reported that LaHood’s assertion that “the company knowingly hid a dangerous defect” could increase Toyota‘s difficulty in “defending itself in US lawsuits over flaws in its vehicles.”

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