Transport chief: Stop driving recalled Toyotas
Transportation Secretary LaHood advises owners to seek repair at dealers
WASHINGTON - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood suggested Wednesday that owners of recalled Toyota vehicles stop driving them and seek a repair for the sticking accelerator problems that have forced the automaker to recall a record number of autos.
"My advice is if anybody owns one of these vehicles: stop driving it. Take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have the fix for it," LaHood said in testimony before a House committee.
Earier, Lahood said he plans to speak with Toyota President Akio Toyoda about the automaker's spate of recalls in the United States. LaHood confirms that the government is investigating potential electrical problems in Toyota vehicles.
LaHood said Wednesday he will call Toyoda in the coming days to make sure the Japanese automaker is aware of the government's concerns about safety issues with Toyota vehicles.
The secretary says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will conduct an investigation into electronic throttle control systems and potential electromagnetic interference in the nation's fleet of vehicles.
LaHood says the government "has the resources" to conduct the investigation.