The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started an investigation into stalling problems on about 397,000 Toyota Corolla and Matrix models.
The safety agency says it began its preliminary evaluation of the 2006 models based on 26 complaints about the 1.8 liter, 4-cylinder engine quitting “while driving, including some on highways and at intersections.”
It says some of those consumers blamed the electronic control module and quoted a technical service bulletin that the automaker issued in 2007 that “called for a replacement of the E.C.M. with an improved version.”
This is not Toyota’s first problem with such computers. Toyota also had trouble with the electronic control module on 2001 – 2003 RAV4s, although the automaker says the units are different.
A vehicle shutting down at highway speeds can be nearly as dangerous as a vehicle accelerating out of control on the highway. If the vehicle shuts completely down, the driver may no longer have the assistance of power steering and power brakes. It would be very difficult to control the vehicle.
Drivers blame the electronic control module in the Corolla and Matrix vehicles. Most independent safety experts have blamed the Toyota electronic controls for the sudden acceleration problems as well.
This latest government investigation of Toyota vehicles seems to corroborate that the problem lies within Toyota’s electronics.
After more than five years of ignoring the unintended acceleration defect, Toyota needs to finally fix these accelerator problems and protect American drivers.
Until Toyota finally creates a solution that actually fixes the problem, all Toyota drivers must be prepared. You can learn how to stop your vehicle if it experiences the sudden acceleration problem at this post.
You can learn more about the Toyota sudden acceleration defect by reading these previous reports of Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem:
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Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.