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Toyota steering rod flaws under scrutiny by US federal grand jury

Toyota Motor Corp., working to rebound from its worst recall crisis, said it faces further scrutiny over potential defects in vehicle steering rods.

A federal grand jury in New York issued Toyota a subpoena to provide documents related to flaws in steering relay rods, the company said in a filing on Tuesday.

The world’s largest automaker has been under investigation this year by the US Transportation Department and its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration auto-safety regulator for responses to safety defects in the company’s cars and trucks. The automaker agreed in April to pay a record USD16.4 million fine over a delayed defect notification for accelerator pedals that can stick.