It has been a bad year or so for auto giant Toyota, maker of Lexus and Toyota automobiles and trucks. First it was intimations of sudden acceleration problems and the largest vehicle recall in automotive history.

Then it was recalls of Lexus vehicles for a variety of maladies and allegations that Toyota covered up vehicular defects and destroyed evidence of them.

Now comes word that a grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records concerning a defect in the steering relay rods of 1989 through 1998 Toyota 4-Runners and pickups. The rod serves to connect the steering wheel to the vehicle wheels and can break owing to wear and tear causing drivers to lose control of their cars. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that 3 crash deaths may be attributable to this phenomenon. For more go to:
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