Problems with Toyotas keep coming to light.
Even though the 2002 to 2006 Camry was not among the models recalled by the auto-making giant over the past few months, it has generated more complaints of unintended acceleration than any other Toyota model, AJC staffers Christian Boone and Larry Hartstein report.
Public safety advocates speculate a rash of incidents are linked to an electronic throttle system first installed in the Camrys starting in 2002.
“They appear to be a standout, even among Toyotas,” Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies, told the AJC.
Consumer safety advocates have linked three deaths to sudden accelerations in2005 Camrys.
Toyota insists that model is free of accelerator-related problems, and four separate investigations conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration turned up no identifiable defects in the ‘02-’06 Camrys.
But a recent report from the Maryland-based Quality Control Systems revealed that the proportion of consumer complaints regarding unintended acceleration was markedly higher in models with electronic throttle control systems than those without.
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