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As the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration conducts its investigation into unintended acceleration in Toyotas, the crash data recorders or "black boxes" in the vehicles have become a primary piece of evidence. But long-standing reservations about the reliability of the data raise doubts about how much the safety agency can rely on them to determine the cause of the crashes.
Latest Articles and News Updates
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Congress seek answers on mechanical flaws in Toyota vehicles.
Toyota chief Akio Toyoda testifies on Capitol Hill and apologizes to consumers for Toyota's automobile defects.
On Capitol Hill, Tennessee resident Rhonda Smith recounts how her Lexus suddenly zoomed to 100 MPH.
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Publicity of Toyota's recalls appears to have had an effect on the federal statistics regulators use to gauge the problem.
Key facts on the Toyota's floor mat and pedal recalls, brake issues and the recommended actions vehicle owners should take.
E-mail staff writer Frank Ahrens if you have had automotive issues related to these recalls or if your vehicle has exhibited unintended acceleration.
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