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Toyota Wants 'Unintended Acceleration' Lawsuits Tossed

Toyota has asked a federal judge to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits over problems with unintended acceleration in its vehicles. The world's largest automaker says such complaints are based on anecdotes, and fail to identify specific defects, Bloomberg News reported.

Congress Accuses Toyota of Holding Back Information

Congress continues to press Toyota about what it knew when regarding unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles. Lawmakers are now seeking more information about the brake override feature that the automaker has begun installing on new cars and trucks to prevent the malfunctions.

Chrysler Recalls Nearly 600,000 Minivans, Jeeps

Chrysler is recalling nearly 600,000 vehicles for problems ranging from failing brakes to sticky accelerators to electrical fires, including Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, and Jeep Wrangler SUVs, federal safety regulators disclosed Monday.

Toyota Chief Breaks Silence, Apologizes for Recalls

Toyota President Akio Toyoda finally breaks his silence as the Japanese automaker struggles with massive recalls and serious damage to its reputation. At a Friday news conference, Toyoda apologized to customers for recalls involving some of its most popular models.

Toyota Admits Prius Brake Problems

Overshadowing a profit report for its fiscal third quarter, a Toyota official says "We are investigating whether there are defects in the Prius." The quarterly report covers a period before the gas-pedal recall and others, so the profit is likely to be short-lived as Toyota scrambles to make repairs and rebuild its reputation.

Toyota to Pay Dealers for Extra Work from Recall

Toyota is accelerating payments to its 1,200 U.S. dealers for their efforts to help soothe rattled owners of some 2.3 million Toyota cars that have been recalled for unintended acceleration. The company's U.S. sales division will provide payments of $7,500 to $75,000 to help reimburse retailers for extended hours, car washes and other services.

LaHood Makes Things Even Worse for Toyota

Though the Transportation chief quickly backed down from his initial advice that owners of recalled cars "stop driving" them, Toyota can only chalk this up as one more disaster. Still, it's scrambling to get cars fixed and will have plenty of explaining to do when it reports earnings this week.

Toyota Announces Its Gas-Pedal Plan

Toyota said Monday that it has begun shipping parts to its dealers to fix 2.3 million recalled cars with "sticky" accelerators and that it will begin sending letters to owners of the affected vehicles later this week. Many dealers will stay open extended hours, some around the clock, to repair the cars.