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Toyota review may not be done by this year

Angela Greiling Keane / Bloomberg News

A review of unintended acceleration incidents in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles by two U.S. agencies may not be released this fall in the United States, as the top auto safety regulator had wanted.

"We want to get it right," National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland told reporters Tuesday in Washington. "I'm not going to get hung up on a date if we need to tie up loose ends."

NASA, the U.S. space agency, began a review eight months ago of reports of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The world's largest automaker recalled more than 8 million cars and trucks worldwide for defects in the largest such move by an automaker. It was subjected to a series of U.S. congressional hearings on how the flaws occurred.

The U.S. Transportation Department, which includes NHTSA, on March 30 said Toyota accelerator pedals and electronic vehicle controls would be examined by NASA engineers as it expanded its probe into causes of unintended acceleration.

The National Research Council, part of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Sciences, is conducting a separate review that NHTSA said in March would be completed in about 18 months. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said at the time the NASA probe would be completed "probably sooner" than the research council review.

NASA is studying whether electromagnetic interference may cause unintended acceleration, which may be linked to 89 deaths in 71 crashes since 2000, according to NHTSA.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101201/AUTO01/12010333/Toyota-review-may-not-be-done-by-this-year#ixzz16s6qLIIC

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