Gov’t says 89 reported deaths linked to Toyota unintended acceleration

By Ken Thomas, AP
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Gov’t: 89 deaths tied to Toyota acceleration

WASHINGTON — The government says unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles may have been involved in the deaths of 89 people over the past decade.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that from 2000 to mid-May, it had received more than 6,200 complaints involving sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

The reports involve 89 deaths and 57 injuries over the same period. Previously, 52 deaths were blamed on the problem.

Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide since last fall because of problems with gas pedals, floor mats and brakes.

The government typically receives an increase in complaints following a recall. None of the complaints have been verified.

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