California prosecutor suing Toyota over safety issues

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Orange County prosecutors say they'll
file a lawsuit against Toyota because of continuing problems with
their vehicles.
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas says the company continues to
endanger the public through sale of defective vehicles and
deceptive business practices.
Rackauckas is expected to announce the lawsuit Friday morning.
A message left with Toyota was not immediately returned.
Toyota has recalled more than 6 million vehicles in the United
States because of acceleration problems in multiple models and
braking issues in the Prius. Regulators have linked 52 deaths to
crashes allegedly caused by accelerator problems.
At least 89 class-action lawsuits have been filed against the
Japanese auto giant, which could cost them $3 billion or more.

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