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Officials: Drivers report trouble with fixed Toyotas

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Officials: Drivers report trouble with fixed Toyotas

BY JUSTIN HYDE

FREE PRESS WASHINGTON STAFF

WASHINGTON – About ten Toyota owners have complained to U.S. auto safety regulators that their vehicles suffered some kind of sudden acceleration after being repaired under Toyota’s two recalls for the problem.

The complaints highlighted by safety advocate Sean Kane drew a quick response today from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which said it would investigate.

"NHTSA has already started contacting consumers about these complaints to get to the bottom of the problem and to make sure Toyota is doing everything possible to make its vehicles safe,” NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said in a statement. “If Toyota owners are still experiencing sudden acceleration incidents after taking their cars to the dealership, we want to know about it. "

The complaints are a fraction of the 3,400 that the agency has received about Toyotas and sudden acceleration since 2004, including nearly 1,400 that have flooded to the agency in recent weeks. NHTSA says those complaints tie the problem to 52 deaths, although the agency has verified links to only five deaths.

One complaint from the owner of a 2010 Camry says after her visit to a dealership to have its gas pedal replaced and a brake-override system installed, the car surged on her in a parking lot, and was climbing up a snow bank while she had both feet on the brake pedal.

“The whole event took 5-6 seconds before the car suddenly stopped,” the owner said. “The fix done by Toyota is not the fix for the acceleration problem.”

Toyota has recalled 5.6 million vehicles in the United States to replace a gas pedal that could stick open or remove floor mats and in some cases add software that cuts off acceleration if the car senses both the brake and accelerator pressed.

Toyota executives told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that the recalls fix all known causes of sudden acceleration they were aware of in Toyota vehicles, and that the company's electronics systems had never been found to have failed in a way that could trigger sudden acceleration.

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