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Toyota cars linked to more deaths

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Toyota vehicles which suffered from unintended acceleration faults may have been a cause in 89 deaths since 2000, 37 more than originally suspected, according to the US Government.

A total of 89 deaths and 57 injuries were included in more than 6,200 complaints in relation to sudden bursts of speed made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Previous information linked the car faults to 52 deaths.

The Japanese car firm has carried out a global recall of more than eight million vehicles since last autumn as it faces up to hundreds of lawsuits and the car insurance industry deals with the resulting driver claims. The firm was fined £11.4 million for its slow response to an accelerator pedal recall.

A Toyota statement said: "We are making an all-out effort to ensure our vehicles are safe and we remain committed to investigating reported incidents of unintended acceleration in our vehicles quickly."

"Any complaints in the NHTSA database, for any manufacturer, lack sufficient detail that could help identify the cause of an accident. We will continue to work in close partnership with law enforcement agencies and federal regulators with jurisdiction over accident scenes whenever requested".

© Press Association 2010