Just as the Japanese automaker – who vowed to set straight its safety records – starts a 690, 000 pickup trucks recall, Toyota could also face a US investigation for another unintended acceleration flaw.
The carmaker back in 2009 and 2010 recalled at least 10 million vehicles after sudden, unintended acceleration episodes of its vehicles. With its reputation tarnished and paying a record $1.2 billion fine for misleading customers, Toyota is also on a three years supervision period from a an independent monitor, tasked to watch over its safety decisions.
Now, according to a filling from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, close to 1.69 million Toyota Corollas – model years 2006 to 2010 – could be probed for unintended “low-speed surging.” With claims of 163 similar incidents, a Corolla owner asked the agency to start an official investigation after his car accelerated and had an accident while he was in the process of parking.
The NHTSA said the case has not become a full defect investigation at the moment, and the investigators would only focus on cars that have on board an electronic throttle-control system called ETCS-i. Additionally, a Safety Research and Strategies Inc., a company that focuses on court cases related to automotive issues, said the owners that claim they experienced the unintended acceleration issue in the Corolla have electronic data recorders revealing they applied the brakes.