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Feds expand probe of Toyota's sticky gas pedals

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WASHINGTON. - Federal safety officials have widened their investigation of Toyota's sticky gas pedals to see if the same problem could exist for other automakers.
     
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sent a letter to CTS, the Indiana company that made the pedals behind Toyota's recall of millions of vehicles.
     
The safety agency wants to know more about pedals that CTS made for other auto companies.
     
CTS says it makes pedals for companies like Honda, Nissan and a small number of Ford vehicles in China.
     
CTS been adamant that the issues are limited to Toyota alone. Other automakers have also said their pedals are based on different designs and aren't at risk for the same problems.

Toyota pays dealers up to $75,000 for longer hours

Toyota Motor Corp. is giving U.S. dealers payments of up to $75,000 to help win back customers' trust in the wake of a massive safety recall.
     
In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Toyota group vice president Bob Carter thanks dealers for extending service hours and providing car washes and other services. Carter says the payments will help with those measures.
     
Toyota recalled 2.3 million vehicles in the U.S. last month because their accelerator pedals may stick and cause crashes. The automaker is sending dealers parts to repair the pedals this week.
     
Toyota is sending checks this week based on the number of cars each dealer sold last year. Dealers who sold fewer than 500 cars will get $7,500. Dealers who sold more than 4,000 will get $75,000.

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