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NHTSA has released a fresh report stating that 89 people have died and as many as 57 injured in the last decade, since 2000 till mid May 2010. In the same period, NHTSA has also received 6200 complaints from the customers, demonstrating the unintended acceleration problem.

The NHTSA had previously reported it had allegations of 52 deaths resulting from acceleration problems in its vehicles.

In a statement, Toyota said it “sympathizes with the individuals and families involved in any accident involving [Toyota] vehicles.” The automaker says it committed to investigating reports of unintended acceleration, but notes “many complaints in the NHTSA database, for any manufacturer, lack sufficient detail that could help identify the cause of an accident.”

Toyota has pulled around 10 million vehicles worldwide since late last year for safety issues and has paid a record 16.4-million-dollar fine to settle claims it hid gas pedal defects blamed for more than 50 US deaths.