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March 24, 2010

As Toyota struggles with massive recalls of over six million vehicles for “sudden or unintended acceleration,” some media reports are showing that the company might have to add yet another recall for a problem that is, in some ways, the opposite.

The Detroit Free Press and other media venues are reporting that Toyota may have to deal with additional defects in up to 1.2 million Toyota Corolla and Toyota Matrix cars. Reports show that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened up an investigation in November of 2009 after 26 reports of spontaneous stalling in Corolla and Matrix engines. Analysts say the number of total claims for this problem has now reached 76.
This is a particular bad break for Toyota Corolla owners, as these cars have already been included in a “sticky gas pedal” recall for unintended acceleration, as well as another recall for steering defects. The engine stalling problem, according to reports, affects 2005-2007 Corolla models, whereas the sticky gas pedal recall affects a slightly different range of model years.

In communications from Toyota to the NHTSA that were leaked to media sources, Toyota has stated that the company does not consider the spontaneous stalling to be a severe safety hazard on the road. However, some auto experts believe that the problem has the potential to make Toyota nervous, partly because it leads to even more speculation about electronic throttle control systems and other engine computer devices that Toyota insists are safe, but that some consumers are pointing a finger at in the ongoing investigation over sudden or unintended acceleration across Toyota’s product line.

Although Toyota may not think that engine stalling is remarkably unsafe, some drivers have other ideas about engine failure in busy traffic situations. If engines stall, for example, as drivers attempt to merge onto highways, or in other busy traffic situations, the result can have some safety impact and distract drivers at critical times. Drivers have also reported that it is sometimes hard to restart these engines after stalling. Meanwhile, those with claims related to a Toyota recall auto accident sometimes have a hard time proving their cases or confronting the manufacturer about injury related to defective Toyota vehicles.

If you or someone in your family has experienced injuries in an accident related to a recalled or defective Toyota, you can contact the Orlando law offices of Toyota recall auto accident attorney James O. Cunningham. Cunningham’s Toyota auto accident lawyer team can help those who are injured in accidents involving recalled Toyotas or models that exhibit defective symptoms mentioned in one of many current Toyota recalls. Call us at 888-425-2004 or use the web for a quick and attentive response.

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