More drivers file complaints after Toyota fix

By | March 4, 2010

More Toyota drivers say their cars have sped up by themselves even after being fixed to correct the problem.

Another five people have reported problems to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s complaint database, describing surges of speed that came without warning. That is on top of at least 15 similar cases found by an Associated Press review of the data on Wednesday.

The complaints, which are submitted online or through a NHTSA hot line, have not been independently verified. Government investigators said Wednesday that they had found 10 possible cases of post-fix problems.

As part of two recalls involving more than 8 million vehicles worldwide, Toyota is installing special metal shims and shortening gas pedals to solve the problem of unintended acceleration. The Japanese automaker blames the problem on gas pedals that can become sticky or be trapped under floor mats.

The company says it is confident its fixes will take care of the problems, but that its engineers will check into the complaints.

The driver of a 2008 Camry, which received fixes under two Toyota recalls, wrote in a complaint that the sedan speeds up when it is started.

“I can drive up to 30 miles an hour without applying the gas,” the driver wrote.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a Senate appropriations subcommittee Thursday that drivers who are still having problems after the fixes should take their cars or trucks back to the dealer.

via More drivers file complaints after Toyota fix – Yahoo! News.

Does the person who can drive up to 30 MPH without applying the gas live on a hill? Are these bad drivers?  Are they people who are trying to get publicity and possibly money by making up stories? …  Or is there a real verifiable problem? Is there some undiscovered electronics problem? I hope someone at NHTSA gets to the bottom of this quickly.

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