The National Highway Traffic Safety Admin.’s chief safety officer defends the governmental agency’s role in dealing with allegations of unintended acceleration at Toyota Motor Corp., saying NHTSA responded in an appropriate and timely manner. The agency has come under criticism for not moving more quickly to force Toyota into recalling 8 million vehicles over sticky accelerator pedals and floor mats that can trap the accelerator, an issue NHTSA became aware of years ago. “I would say the ...

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