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Local reaction to government report on Toyota accelerators

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "The jury is back...the verdict is in. There is no electronic based cause for unintended high speed acceleration in Toyotas, period," says United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

While he believes the case is closed, Graham Esdale at the Montgomery-based Beasley Allen law firm says Toyota isn't out of the woods yet.

"We think the book is still open," says Esdale.

Esdale is confident he has research and testimony from victims in Toyota crashes to prove electronics are still a factor with the cars' accelerators.

"We know this is occurring and it's occurring in much greater numbers in Toyotas despite some contrary evidence of what NASA looked at."

But the news is no doubt relieving to Brian Tidwell at Reinhardt Toyota, who says the report's findings aren't shocking.

"We feel vindicated, I guess, because we've been saying all along that it's just not an issue."

All the while, Tidwell knows folks like Esdale disagree.

"Those attorneys have a job to do, and we don't fault them for doing their job."

Toyota reported quarterly profits down 39%. Tidwell says sales never really decreased at Reinhardt, largely due to a loyal customer base.

The company recalled nearly 8 million vehicles because of the problem.

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