They may be reliable, but there are growing concerns about the safety of Toyota vehicles, more than 3 million of which are facing a recall.
When Toyota announced the recall of more than 3 million vehicles, last month, the Japanese maker not only hoped to ensure the safety of its owners, but to put to rest concerns about the safety and quality of its vehicles.
This week, recall notices will go out advising motorists how to deal with the problem which, according to Toyota, involves driver floor mats that can jam the accelerator pedal and make it difficult to impossible to maintain control of the vehicle.
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But could there be another problem causing some Toyota products to surge out of control and, at times, race to speeds of up to 100 miles an hour?
That was clearly left open, today, when federal regulators issued a statement suggesting the 3.8 million vehicle recall is only an “interim measure, not a remedy.”
However, six times in the past six years NHTSA has undertaken a review of allegations of unintended acceleration on Toyota and Lexus vehicles, and six times the safety agency has found no vehicle based cause for the unwanted acceleration allegations.