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Runaway Toyotas Cleared by U.S. of Electronic Flaws

Unintended acceleration in Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles was rooted in mechanical flaws rather than electronic defects, a U.S. investigation found.

NASA, the U.S. space agency, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today said a 10-month probe of defects that led to recalls of more than 8 million vehicles worldwide found no electronic causes. Safety advocates and some lawmakers had pointed to electrical faults as a reason for the reports about the world’s largest automaker.