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Toyota disputes critic who blames electronics

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Toyota is rebutting claims that the electronics of its cars and trucks are to blame for unwanted acceleration problems that have led to more than 8 million recalled vehicles.

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Toyota is presenting researchers today who question the findings of an engineering professor who recreated unintended acceleration in a Toyota vehicle by manipulating its electronics. The professor told Congress last month that his tests raised concerns about the vehicles' electronics.

A Stanford University engineering professor says the research presented to Congress did not describe conditions that could happen in the real world. He says misinterpreting facts could lead to "misguided policy and unwarranted fear."

Toyota believes that sticky gas pedals and floor mats are the cause.

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