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Toyota Recalls Lead Rockefeller, Waxman to Write Safety Measure

Toyota Motor Corp.’s record recalls for flaws tied to unintended acceleration prompted the chairmen of two congressional committees to draft auto-safety legislation targeting carmakers and the highway safety regulator.

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, said today in a statement that Toyota’s recalls showed lapses in safety monitoring. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, said he will work with Rockefeller on the measure.

“I will introduce legislation that will hold automakers to a higher standard and strengthen the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ability to more effectively protect Americans on the road,” Rockefeller said in an e-mailed statement. The statement didn’t include details on the proposed legislation.

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide for defects that may cause unintended acceleration. Three congressional committees have held hearings about the recalls.

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