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Originally published Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 1:45 PM

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Report: Toyota sought to discredit witnesses

Toyota officials were looking to attack the credibility of witnesses who testified before Congress about sudden acceleration problems in the automaker's vehicles, according to a report in Washington Post.

The Associated Press

NEW YORK —

Toyota officials were looking to attack the credibility of witnesses who testified before Congress about sudden acceleration problems in the automaker's vehicles, according to a report in Washington Post.

The Post says it obtained documents that show Toyota sought to create a public relations campaign based in part on polling that questioned the integrity of two witnesses. Such polls are used by businesses and politicians to test the weaknesses of their opponents.

The Post identifies the witnesses as Sean Kane, a Massachusetts safety consultant, and David Gilbert, an auto technology professor. Each criticized Toyota's handling of the problem.

In response, Toyota told the Post it never produced advertisements based on the polling.

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