Federal safety officials announced today they found no evidence that electronics were to blame for runaway Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles.
Instead, the government blamed sticky accelerator pedals and trapped floor mats — two causes that led Toyota to recall 11 million vehicles worldwide, including nearly 8 million in the United States, since 2009.
“The jury is back. The verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas. Period,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a prepared statement. “Our conclusion — that Toyota’s problems were mechanical, not electrical — come after one of the most exhaustive, thorough and intensive research efforts ever undertaken.”
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