NHTSA digging deeper into stalling problems in nearly 1.2 million Toyotas

2006 Toyota Matrix

The hits keep on coming for Toyota, once the world”s most admired car manufacturing brand: news out of the NHTSA today indicates that an investigation into possible engine issues with the Corolla and Matrix models from 2005 to 2007, or 1.2 million cars all totaled. The inquiry, previously a “preliminary investigation”, has now been dubbed an “engineering analysis”- a more serious and intensive look into the matter.

The Japanese carmaker has, to its credit, already begun looking into possible causes for the issue, and has been out in front in acknowledging the defect. In a March 2010 letter, Toyota recognized 2 potential causes for the error, both involving the engine control units, or ECU. The cause, in Toyota”s view, does not constitute a serious danger.

Per the letter: “Based on its analysis, Toyota does not believe the alleged defect creates an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety,” There have been 1,100 reported instances of engine stalls, with 6 leading to fires or crashes for the cars. Will things once again go badly for Toyota, or is this a case of an overblown, routine investigation? Leave your thoughts below.

– By: Zain Haq

Source: CNNMoney