US chides Toyota over massive recall

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Toyota has come under fire from a top US official for its handling of a massive recall as the giant Japanese carmaker scrambled to reassure customers on safety.

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Tuesday that Toyota’s recall of millions of vehicles with defective pedals that can get stuck and cause unwanted acceleration came only after pressure from the US government.

“Since questions were first raised about possible safety defects, we have been pushing Toyota to take measures to protect consumers,” LaHood said in a statement.

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