Toyota has been found not guilty after a ten month investigation into claims that its cars were accelerating without driver input.
The investigation found ‘no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas,’ US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. ‘We feel that Toyota vehicles are safe to drive,’ he added.
As a result of the news, Toyota’s shares went up 5.2 per cent in Tokyo on Wednesday and increased by more than 4 per cent on Wall Street .
But Lahood also hinted that new regulations could soon come into force to make US cars safer. These include brake-override systems, keyless ignitions as standard and the implementation of data recorders.