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Feds May Have Known of Toyota Accelerator Pedal Problems in 2004

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Washington, DCAn American insurance company is reporting that many of its field agents have been contacting safety regulators since 2004 about problems stemming from Toyota accelerator pedals.

According to a new set of documents subpoenaed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received claims relating to acceleration problems in Toyota's Lexus ES 300 vehicles some six years prior to the recent automotive recall.

The Japanese automaker initiated a recall of approximately 8.5 million automobiles after discovering acceleration problems stemming from faulty electrical systems and improperly sized floor mats.

"There are significant questions surrounding when defects were first reported to regulators by Toyota and whether regulators did their due diligence once they were brought into the process," Kurt Bardella, a spokesman for the Oversight committee, told the Hill. "We are going to examine and scrutinize everyone's role, industry and government's alike, to ensure that moving forward the safety of America's drivers is not compromised in anyway."

In the coming weeks, the oversight committee is preparing to hear testimony from Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda and members of the Transportation Department that served during the Bush administration.

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I totaled out out my mom's car causing injury to myself and children. This was in 2003. The car was serviced at North Point Toyota in North Little Rock, Arkansas. However, the car was not fully repaired, as the car entrusted to me I experienced an episode when the car appeared to lose braking power. So, I steered the car to the right side of the road while entering the on ramp of the interstate. It seemed like an isolated incident with the steering. I did not know then, but the incident with the brakes happened again, but this time the car was totaled as a result of the brakes going out causing injury. Is there any recourse in this being a part of a settlement do to poor braking systems on Toyota Camry made in the year 2000's. The dealership did not claim ownership of the mishap when we approached them, stating that the brakes were fixed according to the time the brakes were serviced. Nothing further, until now, did we know that this was a defect from the manufacturer. Please advise.

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