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Toyota probing Corolla power-steering problems

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota's quality control executive says the automaker is looking into possible power-steering problems with the Corolla subcompact, the world's best-selling car, and is considering a recall.

The Toyota exec says details of what may be wrong and the number of cars that could need repairs are still unclear.

He says Toyota is considering a recall, but no decision has been made as the company was still looking into the complaints in the U.S., which are fewer than 100.


Toyota president says won't attend Congress hearing

TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota's president says he won't attend a U.S. Congressional hearing on the automaker's safety lapses.

In a news conference today, president Akio Toyoda said his company's U.S. executives will answer lawmakers' questions on the massive gas pedal recalls.

Toyoda says he wants to focus on beefing up quality controls at the world's No. 1 automaker.

He promises a brake-override system in all future models worldwide that will add a safety measure against acceleration problems that are behind the recent massive recalls.

The system is a mechanism that overrides the accelerator if the gas and brake pedals are pressed at the same time.


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