Older Toyota Corollas Could Suffer from Unintended Acceleration

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The unintended acceleration plague that hit Toyota recently appears to haven’t healed yet, as a US safety agency in evaluating a car owner’s allegation that older Corolla models can unexpectedly put the pedal to the metal at low speeds and cause a crash.
According to a Detroit Free Press report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is inquiring over 1.69 million Corolla models made between 2005 and 2009 to determine whether a formal investigation is needed.

At least 141 complaints have been filed regarding unintended acceleration in Corollas. However, the problem now doesn’t seem to be caused by the reasons Toyota blamed back in the massive recall - drivers hitting the gas instead of the brake, floor mats that could trap the gas pedal or sticky pedals.

A Bristol based electronics engineer, going by the name of Bob Ruginis, said the 2010 Corolla driven by his wife surged at low speeds several times, with the dealership not being able to tell what’s the problem.

His wife was making a slow right turn into a parking space in Bristol when the car suddenly accelerated taking her by surprise and crashing into a Jeep. Luckily, no one got hurt.

Bob said the Corolla drove by his wife was already repaired in the last unintended acceleration recall, so the problem must be electronic.

NHTSA documents say there have been one crash and no injuries regarding the problem, but Ruginis’ analysis of complaints is said to reveal 83 crashes and 34 injuries.
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