U.S. may end up extending Toyota’s unintended acceleration investigation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that a review of unintended accelerations in Toyota vehicles by two U.S. agencies may not be released this fall as expected.

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

NASA started its review 8 months ago after the world’s largest automaker recalled more than 8 million cars and trucks worldwide. Toyota also faced a series of U.S. congressional hearings on how the flaws occurred.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, which includes NHTSA, said in late March that that Toyota accelerator pedals and electric vehicle controls are under investigation by NASA.

“We haven’t been informed of any schedule by NHTSA. The timing of the report is entirely up to them,” said John Hanson, a spokesman for Toyota in the United States.

– By: Omar Rana

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