Transport Chief: Stop Driving Recalled Toyotas

Ray LaHood also vows probe into electrical throttle control problems
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2010 10:16 AM CST
Transport Chief: Stop Driving Recalled Toyotas
Dan Daigle, service manager at Lee Toyota, holds a shim that will be used to repair springs in the gas pedal systems of recalled Toyota automobiles, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, in Topsham, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(Newser) – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today advised owners of recalled Toyota vehicles to stop driving them immediately and seek a repair for the sticking accelerator problems that have forced the record-breaking recall. Earlier, LaHood said he plans to speak with Toyota President Akio Toyoda about the automaker's spate of recalls in the United States. LaHood confirms that the government is also investigating potential electrical problems in Toyota vehicles, the AP reports.

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The secretary says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will conduct an investigation into electronic throttle control systems in Toyotas as well as other brands, and potential electromagnetic interference in the nation's fleet of vehicles. Toyota has attributed incidents of unintended acceleration to flawed floor mats and sticky gas pedals, which have prompted recalls involving millions of vehicles. (Read more Toyota recall stories.)

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