Peter De Lorenzo

AutoExtremist.com

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Founder and publisher at AutoExtremist.com, which covers the automotive industry, marketing and product development; author of The United States of Toyota: How Detroit Squandered Its Legacy and Enabled Toyota to Become America's Car Company; former automotive advertising executive

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After reported links to 19 deaths and many injuries, Toyota recalled almost 8 million cars for safety problems with  floor mats  and  sticky accelerators .

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