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Toyota probe turns from sudden acceleration to sudden stalling

Just as the nation’s fixation on Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem started to fade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would intensify its investigations of another safety concern: sudden stalling. Drivers of Toyota Corolla and Matrix cars have filed more than a thousand complaints with NHTSA and Toyota alleging their vehicles suddenly lost power while in motion. The problem has been reported in 2005, 2006, and 2007 model year Corollas and Matrixes. In March, amidst the controversy surrounding Toyota’s widespread sudden acceleration defect, NHTSA received a letter from Toyota’s regulator manager Chris Santucci requesting a meeting with regulators to ... Read More

Legislators seek sweeping overhaul of NHTSA

The recent Congressional hearings that took Toyota to task for the sudden unintended acceleration problems that trouble so many of its cars also exposed how ineffective the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has become in protecting American consumers from defective automobiles. Now a number of legislators are calling for an overhaul of the broken agency, saying it is woefully understaffed, underfunded, and much too complacent with the automakers it’s supposed to regulate. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), whose family has been close friends with the Toyoda family for decades, is one of the lawmakers leading the charge to reform NHTSA. “We ... Read More

Toyota officially recalls vehicles for unintended acceleration problem

Toyota Motor Corp. informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a letter on Monday that it is formally recalling 3.8 million Toyota vehicles. The recall is an effort to correct the problem of Unintended Acceleration many drivers of Toyota vehicles have experienced. The car manufacturer suspects that improperly secured and mismatched car mats can interfere with the gas pedal, causing it to jam in full open position. The recall is Toyota’s largest recall ever and the sixth largest recall in the U.S., according to the NHTSA. According to Chris Santucci, Toyota’s assistant manager for technical and regulatory affairs, “there ... Read More