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Toyota might have cause to breathe a little easier after a couple bumpy months, as last week's runaway-Prius story is looking like it could represent less of a PR disaster for the automaker than it originally appeared to be.

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Amid major setbacks leading to massive recalls related to unintended acceleration, faulty brakes and other mechanical calamities, Toyota is shifting into damage control mode. On Tuesday, the Japanese carmaker's president, Akio Toyoda, made a personal apology before the U.S. Congress, admitting that his company got ahead of itself, prioritizing growth over quality control.

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Sorry, Toyota. Certainly there'll be a slew of jokes about the automaker's old "Oh, what a feeling!" commercials -- oh, wait, too late! -- now that Toyota has caught yet another tough break (sorry again) in the form of a recall of about "436,000 hybrid vehicles worldwide," according to the BBC.

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