"Starting in March 2007, Toyota received field technical information regarding reports of accelerator pedals demonstrating symptoms such as rough operation or being slow to return to the idea position," a letter sent from Toyota to the NHTSA Jan. 21 says.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday that when his agency discovered the gas pedals on some models of Toyotas were sticking "we immediately told Toyota that they should recall those cars."
Speaking on a Chicago radio program, LaHood said a fatal accident in September led his agency to demand a meeting with the car manufacturer.
"The truth is, the reason Toyota decided to do the recall and to stop manufacturing is because we asked them to," LaHood told WGN Radio.
NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said the agency "informed Toyota of their obligations and they complied with the law. Their decision to halt sales was legally and morally the right thing to do."