In other news Wednesday, faulty airbags pushed carmaker Honda to add 437,000 vehicles to its 15-month-old global recall, and Ben Bernanke outlined plans to unwind the Federal Reserve's crisis policies.
Toyota will recall 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicle models, bringing its worldwide recall total to 8.5 million vehicles for brake and accelerator problems.
In other news Friday, Toyota's president Akio Toyoda apologized for the brake problems that triggered a worldwide recall, and at least 40 people are dead in Iraq from two bomb blasts targeting Shi-ite pilgrims.
The bad news continues for Toyota, as brake problems surface in the company's popular Prius model this week. The Transportation Department is considering an investigation, after receiving 124 complaints about the possible brake-power issues.
In other news Wednesday, a motorcycle bomb tore through a crowd of pilgrims in Iraq, killing at least 23 people. In Afghanistan, U.S., NATO and Afghan forces are gearing up for their largest joint offensive yet.
Toyota announced Monday it has found a solution to the gas pedal problem that forced the automaker to recall millions of vehicles and stop selling eight popular models in the U.S.
In other news, the U.S. economy grew by 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter, more than expected, and Toyota outlined steps it is taking to help end an unprecedented recall.
Toyota expanded its recall to China and Europe on Thursday, but said it was nearing a fix to the gas pedal problem that pushed the automaker to halt sales and production on several popular models.
In an unprecedented move caused by faulty gas pedals, Toyota has halted the sale and production of eight of its top-selling models. Judy Woodruff reports.
Toyota recalled four million cars to fix or replace acceleration pedals that could get jammed. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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