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Toyota Asks to Meet US Officials Regarding Recalls

Toyota seems to be followed by bad luck at every step. According to Reuters, the Japanese car manufacturer said it wanted to meet U.S. officials to discuss an early-stage investigation of the stalling problem concerning the Corolla and the Matrix.

"Toyota does not believe that the alleged defect creates an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety,"
Toyota's regulatory affairs manager Chris Santucci said in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

NHTSA opened a preliminary evaluation of Corolla stalling issues in November 2009 after receiving 26 complaints of engine stalling in Toyota Corolla and Matrix models (because of failures in the engine control modules). According to the reports, these stalls have happened randomly, some occurring in highway driving or when drivers were passing through intersections, which might become dangerous. If the problem proves to be real, Toyota might recall 1.2 million Corolla and Matrix models.

Toyota seems to be announcing one recall each week. Just yesterday the automaker announced that it had to recall two 2010 Toyota Tundra pick-ups for a problem in the front propeller shaft. Toyota also said that 500 2010 Toyota Tundra pick-ups were retained at the factory in late October, after the problem was discovered, so the defects were corrected.

About a week ago, Toyota also announced that it will extend its Tundra pick-up rust-related recall to cover the entire US. The recall only affects 2000 to 2003 model years. In November 2009, Toyota Motor Corp announced that it will recall 110,000 Tundra trucks from the 2000-2003 model years due to excessive rust on the vehicle's frame.


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