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WASHINGTON -- Under government pressure, Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it will recall nearly 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks to fix air bags that could deploy without warning, a fraction of the vehicles the government contends should be called back and repaired.
Report clears Toyota electronics (Post, February 9, 2011)
: U.S. finds no electronic flaws in Toyotas that would cause acceleration (Post, February 9, 2011; 12:00 AM)
U.S. to share results of Toyota study (Post, February 8, 2011)
NHTSA to release findings of Toyota probe (Post, February 7, 2011; 9:42 PM)
Toyota's troubles highlight a year of 20 million recalled autos (Post, January 1, 2011)
Toyota to pay U.S. additional $32.4 million in safety probe (Post, December 21, 2010)
62 mpg for new cars? It's the US target for 2025 (AP, October 1, 2010; 5:55 PM)
DIGEST: FedEx sues to block probe by Cuomo (Post, August 25, 2010)
Toyota's unreliable electronic witness: NHTSA USING RECORDER DATA
Company has raised doubts about devices
(Post, August 20, 2010)
No electronic causes of Toyotas' sudden acceleration found so far: Preliminary findings of U.S. investigation released (Post, August 11, 2010)
Recalls cast new light on Toyota crash case (Post, August 5, 2010; 11:05 AM)
DIGEST: DIGEST (Post, July 27, 2010)
Grand jury seeks details on Toyota steering flaws: Second subpoena for automaker could widen investigations (Post, July 21, 2010)
DIGEST: DIGEST (Post, July 3, 2010)
Ford documents cast doubt on tires' role in Explorer rollovers: Regulators' actions in early 2000s echoed in Toyota controversy (Post, May 11, 2010)
NHTSA opens new probe over Toyota steering-system defects (Post, May 11, 2010)
New questions arise over Ford Explorers: ENGINEERING SCRUTINIZED
Firestone tires may not have caused rollovers
(Post, May 8, 2010)
Digest: Digest (Post, May 4, 2010)
Auto bill would aid NHTSA (Post, April 30, 2010)
Toyota agrees to pay $16 million fine for notification delay (Post, April 19, 2010)
Toyota would face much larger fines if not for statutory limits: Penalties would amount to $13.8 billion, safety agency tells automaker (Post, April 10, 2010)
Toyota faces a record U.S. fine: REGULATORS SEEK $16.4 MILLION
Official says defect was hidden from safety agency
(Post, April 6, 2010)
NASA to tackle Toyota mystery: Space-agency scientists will probe auto engine and electronic issues (Post, March 30, 2010)
Toyota used its 'game plan' to escape a major early recall: Automaker followed 'game plan,' escaped a broad early recall (Post, March 19, 2010)
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