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Update: LaHood Takes Back Advice To Toyota Owners About Not Driving

An "alert" from the Associated Press:

Transportation secretary advises owners of recalled Toyotas to stop driving them, seek repair.

We'll update with more about what Secretary Ray LaHood said as the story develops.

Frank posted earlier on today's other news about Toyota's big problem.

Update at 1:07 p.m. ET. Now, LaHood's backing off his early statement. Here's the latest from the AP:

LaHood says he misspoke when telling owners of recalled Toyotas to stop driving them. Instead, LaHood says take the vehicles to dealerships to get them repaired.

LaHood told reporters it was "obviously a misstatement" when he told a House panel earlier Wednesday that he would advise owners not to drive recalled vehicles. The remark came during testimony to the Appropriations subcommittee on transportation.

Check the video below to see whether it looked like a "misstatement" at the time. As CNN notes, Toyota's stock fell sharply after LaHood's earlier comment. It's bounced back a bit in the past few minutes.

Update at 1:05 p.m. ET: Minnesota Public Radio is asking Toyota owners if they plan to stop driving their vehicles.

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Update at 12:25 p.m. ET. The Christian Science Monitor's Patchwork Nation blog has done some interesting data crunching to show just where Toyota sales were strongest when last year's "cash for clunkers" program was underway. Darker colors show where the company sold the most vehicles.

Update at 12:15 p.m. ET. Here's a question to consider:

Update at 12:05 p.m. ET. Courtesy of the AP, here is video of LaHood offering his advice during testimony on Capitol Hill today:

Update at 11:06 a.m. ET. The AP now adds that:

LaHood's warning came Wednesday in testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation. LaHood says his advice to owners is to "stop driving it. Take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix for it."

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