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Video: NBC Nightly News asks Consumer Reports for advice on Toyotas

Consumer Reports News: February 05, 2010 12:22 PM

With the fast-moving developments, there has been much confusion in the media and by owners regarding Toyota safety, impact of recalls, and how it impacts millions of motorists. NBC Night News with Brian Williams spoke with Consumer Reports Senior Director David Champion last night, remote from the Auto Test Center, to ask for practical advice regarding Toyotas.

A voice of reason, Champion points out that there have been about 2,000 reports of unintended acceleration among about 20 million vehicles. The likelihood of experiencing this problem is low, though there are real risks. Champion advises drivers of recalled models remove their floor mats to prevent entrapment and learn how to quickly shift the transmission into Neutral to mitigate unintended acceleration, should it occur.

The segment concludes with Champion stating that Toyota needs to fix the involved cars real quickly, jump on the Prius brake problem, and reach out to customers to make sure these issues are resolved.

We will continue to cover this developing story. Be sure to follow Consumer Reports Cars blog (RSS) and Twitter (@CRcars) to keep up with the latest information and advice, also see our unintended acceleration guide.

Jeff Bartlett

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