Toyota Says Pedal Problem Solved

Friday, January 29, 2010

Toyota has identified the cause of the sticking accelerator pedal problem that moved the company to recall millions of cars earlier this week.

"We’ve identified the cause of the problem and are focusing all of our energy and resources on developing and thoroughly testing remedies," the automobile giant said in a statement on its website.

"Our engineers have been working around the clock and we’ve been in direct communication with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration throughout this process," the company said.

Many political officials are calling for clarity on the matter.

"There appears to be growing public confusion regarding which vehicles may be affected and how people should respond," Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) wrote in a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, The AP reported. "In short, the public is unsure as to what exactly the problem is, whether it is safe to drive their cars, or what they should do about it."

The Associated Press reports that the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is launching an investigation into the problems Toyota has been having with its accelerator pedals. The committee has scheduled a hearing, "Toyota Gas Pedals: Is the Public at Risk?," on February 4 to discuss the issue. Another House hearing is planned for February 25 on the recalls.

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