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Toyota's acceleration recalls keep on rolling

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DETROIT -- Toyota's problems with runaway acceleration just won't go away.

The company said Friday it will expand its recall of vehicles for unintended acceleration to include about 154,000 Lexus SUVs. Floor mats can trap the gas pedal and cause the vehicles to speed up without warning. U.S. safety regulators, who asked Toyota to recall the SUVs, said they may investigate whether the company reported the problem to them fast enough.

Toyota now adds the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450H to a string of embarrassing safety recalls that began three years ago. The Japanese automaker has recalled more than 14 million vehicles globally to fix problems including sticky gas pedals and floor mats. The recalls tarnished the company's sterling reputation for reliability and cut into sales.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 1, 2012 B7

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