Toyota could be under investigation for possible unintended acceleration cases again.
Last year, the Japanese automaker paid a $1.2-billion settlement for its unintended acceleration recall and hoped to leave the issue behind. Unfortunately for Toyota, new complaints filed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) could bring unintended acceleration back under the spotlight as investigators are deciding whether they wish to research the claims further.
A letter sent to NHTSA dated June 19, 2015 petitioned the agency to open an “investigation into low-speed surging in different models of Toyota automobiles in which the car starts accelerating and the engine RPM increases even when the accelerator pedal is not depressed.”
According to the petitioner, a 2009 Lexus ES350 allegedly surged forward while his wife was pulling into a parking spot. He also references “troubling similarity amongst EDRs of Toyota cars showing sudden acceleration,” citing two allegedly similar incidents involving a 2009 Toyota Camry and a 2010 Toyota Corolla. The consumer is requesting that NHTSA “acquire all the data on low speed sudden acceleration that Toyota currently has and constitute a panel to study this problem.”
NHTSA will evaluate the petition and either grant or deny decision.