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Driver error, not Toyota to blame for recall

US authorities have said the sudden, unintentional acceleration of Toyota cars while driving was not caused by the company's electronic throttle control system as initially suspected, but by driver error.

A series of complaints were made against Toyota cars in the United States in 2009, resulting in the recall of eight million cars.

"There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas,” US transportation minister Ray LaHood said this week. A year ago he had told a congressional hearing, drivers should stop driving Toyota cars.

Instead it is thought the so called unintentional acceleration was caused by drivers confusing the accelerator and the brake pedal.

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