More Deaths Blamed on Toyotas’ Sudden Acceleration
The death toll is now up to 102, blamed on the sudden acceleration of Toyota vehicles, according to a review conducted by the Los Angeles Times.
NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received a surge of reports tied to runaway Toyotas. NHTSA records, police reports and lawsuits all were tallied into the Times review.
Toyota Motor Co. insists that the auto defects are rare and that the electronic throttle control system is not to blame.
Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety in Washington continues to predict that the number of deaths related to sudden acceleration could grow into several hundred. He encourages NHTSA to investigate every one of them.
Public awareness of the acceleration problem along with a massive recall of Toyota vehicles was triggered by the August 2009 death of California Highway Patrolman Mark Saylor along with his family members. The Lexus ES 350 loaner car he was driving accelerated and crashed.
That same model number was included in a Toyota recall to change out the floor mats that Toyota claims could trap the accelerator pedal.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press is reporting that Toyota boosted production by 83 percent in February, compared to a year earlier. 655,180 vehicles were produced in February, the seventh straight month for increased production. #