Toyota has repaired most of the 5.6 million cars and trucks it has recalled in the US for flaws that could trigger unwanted acceleration, citing progress in rebuilding its reputation for safety.
The world’s largest automaker said in a report on Monday that it had aggressively responded to safety problems at the urging of its president, Akio Toyoda, and top company executives.
The government has received about 3,000 complaints about sudden acceleration and estimated the problem could be involved in the deaths of 93 people over the last decade.
Toyota said it has begun installing brake override systems on all cars and trucks built this year and will install so-called black boxes in all its automobiles starting with the 2011 model year.
Brake override technology automatically cuts the throttle when the brake and gas pedals are pressed at the same time. Black boxes, officially called Event Data Recorders, track what’s going on in a car in the moments before and after a crash.
Toyota said it has fixed 86 per cent of the 148,000 Prius and Lexus hybrids recalled due to a problem with the antilock brakes.