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WASHINGTON. - Toyota says federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the company's safety problems, while the Securities and Exchange Commission is probing what the automaker told investors.
     
Toyota also faces questions from lawmakers in hearings beginning tomorrow. House investigators believe Toyota intentionally resisted the possibility that electronic defects caused unintended acceleration, and then misled the public into thinking its recall would fix all the problems.
     
Rep. Bart Stupak, who will conduct Tuesday's hearing, also says documents and interviews demonstrate the company relied on a flawed engineering report in its statements to reassure the public.
     
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