Jul 14, 2010 12:38 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Gov't has reached no conclusions in Toyota case

The government says it hasn't reached any conclusions about whether Toyota drivers may be to blame for their vehicles suddenly accelerating.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says Wednesday its engineers continue to investigate possible causes of sudden acceleration in Toyotas along with the National Academy of Sciences and NASA.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday the government had analyzed dozens of event data recorders, or black boxes, in Toyota vehicles involved in crashes blamed on unintended acceleration and found the throttles were open and the brakes not engaged. That would suggest drivers were stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brakes.

Toyota has recalled more than 8.5 million vehicles worldwide since last fall.


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