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L.A. Launches its Own Investigation into Toyota

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Some 8.5 million vehicles worldwide have been recalled by Toyota and the company has been under some intense scrutiny by the public and federal government. Now, Los Angeles is entering the picture, the city attorney's office announced today. They are "seeking additional information from the public into potential public safety hazards caused by sudden unintended acceleration, breaking and steering problems affecting certain models of Toyota and Lexus automobiles," according to an office release. Continued:

Members of the public who have been impacted by vehicle malfunctions and have purchased a new or used Toyota or Lexus automobile between January 1, 2000 and the present, and resided within the City of Los Angeles at the time of purchase, are urged to visit the City Attorney’s website at www.atty.lacity.org for additional information regarding the inquiry. Consumers can also email the City Attorney at atty.toyotainvestigation@lacity.org. Impacted consumers who purchased a Toyota or Lexus vehicle at a dealership located within the City of Los Angeles, or were injured as a result of an accident involving a Toyota or Lexus vehicle within the City of Los Angeles, are also urged to contact the City Attorney’s Office in order to provide information relevant to the investigation.

It's not uncommon for a city attorney to take on a national problem. Once the L.A. city attorney's office, under the direction of its former leader Rocky Delgadillo, dragged Rockstar Games into court over nudity in their "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" video game.