Still struggling to deal with the fallout from the controversial recall of 3.8 million vehicles, Toyota is facing the challenge of yet another federal safety probe. Government regulators are probing complaints that some of the automaker’s vehicles may stall in traffic, sometimes at high speed.
Long known for bullet-proof reliability, the growing number of problems attributed to various Toyota products threatens to tarnish the automaker’s carefully-cultivated image.
Complicating the situation is an ongoing battle with a whistle-blower claiming the Japanese giant has hidden damaging evidence connected to potential vehicle rollover problems.
The latest problem involves one of Toyota’s most popular models, the Corolla, as well as the compact Matrix crossover. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it has so far received 26 complaints that versions of those two models produced during the 2006 model year experience “stalls occurring randomly while driving, including some on highways and some in intersections.”