WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a review into an estimated 42,833 2009 Lexus ES 350 sedans after a consumer complaint of low-speed surging, according to a Monday posting on the NHTSA Web site.
"The petitioner alleges that engine rpm may increase and vehicles may accelerate when the accelerator pedal is not depressed," said NHTSA in its problem description.
The petition was prompted by a February 2015 crash involving a 2009 ES 350, which "allegedly surged as the petitioner's wife was pulling into a parking spot."
The petitioner requests that federal safety regulators "acquire all the data on low-speed sudden acceleration that Toyota currently has and constitute a panel to study this problem."
No injuries or fatalities have been linked to the request, according to NHTSA.
NHTSA said it is evaluating the request for a "grant or deny decision."
No recall has been issued at this point.
A Toyota spokeswoman did not respond immediately to a request from Edmunds asking for comment on the review.
Edmunds says: Owners of these cars will have to wait for federal safety regulators to finish their review before taking any action. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your Lexus dealer now.