Feds Probe 2006-'10 Toyota Corolla for Low-Speed Surging | Edmunds

Feds Probe 2006-'10 Toyota Corolla for Low-Speed Surging


Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is reviewing an estimated 1.69 million 2006-'10 Toyota Corolla sedans following a consumer's petition that the cars can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds.
  • "The petitioner alleges incidents of low-speed surging in which the brakes fail to stop the vehicle, causing a crash," said NHTSA in the problem description posted on its Web site on Monday.
  • Federal safety regulators will decide whether to open a formal investigation.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is reviewing an estimated 1.69 million 2006-'10 Toyota Corolla sedans following a consumer's petition that the cars can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds.

"The petitioner alleges incidents of low-speed surging in which the brakes fail to stop the vehicle, causing a crash," said NHTSA in the problem description posted on its Web site on Monday.

The latest incident resulted "in a collision with a parked vehicle during an attempted parking maneuver on June 8, 2014," the agency said.

The consumer was not identified. The petition states that the consumer reviewed complaints to NHTSA and found 163 reports in which the driver experienced a surge at low speed or no speed. Federal safety regulators eliminated duplicates to come up with 141 vehicles that are "within the scope of the petition request."

Federal safety regulators will decide whether to open a formal investigation. The 2006-'10 Corolla has not been recalled at this point.

Toyota did not respond immediately to an Edmunds query seeking comment.

Edmunds says: Consumers will have to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work to find out if any action is necessary. In the meantime, if you're having problems with your car, take it into your dealership.

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