According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Toyota vehicles involved in unintended acceleration accidents may be linked to up to 89 deaths since 2000, up from the previously reported figure of 52.
NHTSA said that the deaths occurred in 71 crashes caused by the unintended acceleration defect. More than 43 were reported in March. The department has received 6,200 complaints from drivers that reported unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles from 2,000 to mid-May.
NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said that regulators haven’t been able to find any new defects after speaking to 100 car owners who complained about sudden acceleration following repairs that Toyota dealers made to their vehicles.
At a second House hearing on May 20, Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, said that the company is confident that faulty electronics are not to blame for the recent unintended acceleration in its vehicles.
– By: Omar Rana