At press time federal officials had received a tremendous number of complaints from Toyota owners who say their vehicles experienced sudden acceleration even after repairs under the automaker’s two recalls for the problem. At press time the number of complaints was near 100. NHTSA should order Toyota to come up with a new fix once it realizes that Toyota’s recalls did not fully address problems of sudden acceleration. NHTSA administrator David Strickland says the agency is “determined to get to the bottom of this.” NHTSA says it plans to contact every owner who makes such a complaint to gather more information.
NHTSA has launched three probes into whether Toyota moved too slowly to address complaints of sudden acceleration and whether the automaker’s electronics were to blame. Toyota officials have said they would also aggressively investigate any reports of post-recall sudden acceleration. Yet they have also maintained that two recalls covering 5.6 million vehicles in the United States fixed all known causes of sudden acceleration in Toyota and Lexus models, and that Toyota’s engine electronics were designed with “absolute reliability.” It’s pretty obvious that neither statement is accurate. I believe that, due to the sudden acceleration issues involving Toyota vehicles, federal officials will continue to get complaints about the issue from Toyota owners. It’s now being reported that over 50 deaths have been linked to the sudden acceleration issue.
Source: Free Press Washington
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