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Report Shows No Electronic Flaws Found to Cause Runaway Toyotas

A government report by NASA and U.S. transportation officials clears Toyota of electronic flaws causing uncontrolled acceleration.

Government officials released a report on Tuesday that shows no electronic flaws were found to be the cause of reported sudden and uncontrollable acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

The cause of , such as the , now rests squarely on the original government findings—sticking gas pedals that could also get stuck in floormats.

These issues have caused Toyota to recall more than 12 million cars since 2009. Toyota has always denied that electronic flaws were to blame for the runaway vehicles.

"Our conclusion is this-- Toyota's problems were mechanical and not electrical,'' Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.

A 10-month study resulted in the report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation and engineers with NASA.

Shortly before the Santee crash, Officer Mark Saylor, 45, dropped off his regular car at Bob Baker Lexus in El Cajon to be serviced, and drove away in a rental.

As the car barreled down the hill, out of control at the end of the 125, it struck an SUV at more than 100 mph at Mission Gorge Road and crashed through a fence before exploding on the bank of the San Diego River. Saylor's 45-year-old wife, Cleofe, and 13-year-old daughter were killed in the crash.

Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to pay relatives of the Saylors $10 million in a settlement announced last December. A lawsuit by the family against the Lexus dealership is pending. Toyota faces about 200 lawsuits over reported sudden-acceleration
incidents.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Crissy February 10, 2011 at 05:40 AM
I think about this crash and the lives that were lost almost everyday I drive by this area and I'm so sad. I pray for them and their families. I think this crash was so sad right along with 911 in my book. I will never forget you all. I Love you. I pray that your all with Sweet Jesus.

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