Toyota Sends U.S. More ‘Black Box’ Readers

Automaker says it now has 150 devices in North America that can read event data recorders to aid in crash investigations, compared to only one reader earlier this year.

DETROIT (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. says it now has 150 devices in North America that can read event data recorders to aid in crash investigations.

Earlier this year, the automaker says it had only one reader in the U.S. The automaker was criticized during congressional hearings for not making more devices available.

Toyota says in a statement that 10 of the devices were sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the U.S. and four to the Canadian government.

The statement doesn't say where the rest will go. But it says Toyota is training its staff to use the devices.

Event data recorders are similar to black boxes on airplanes. They can record speed, braking, acceleration and other data to help determine the cause of crashes.

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