The Toyota Corolla, the largest-selling car in history, may join 8.5 million of its siblings on the Japanese manufacturer’s recall list. This time, the issue is power steering problems in 2009 and 2010 models.
Shinichi Sasakim, Toyota’s quality control executive, says drivers may feel as though they’re losing control over steering. Reasons for the issue are unclear, by Toyota representatives say they’ve received 80 power steering complaints.
Since its debut in 1966 and considering sales through 2007, more than 35 million Toyota Corollas have been purchased, one about every 40 seconds.
In the past four months, Toyota has recalled more than 8.5 million vehicles globally, including the Corolla, Camry and Prius, due to sticking gas pedals, accelerator problems and faulty brake programming.
Meanwhile, Toyota president Akio Toyoda said he does not plan to attend a U.S. Congressional hearing into the carmaker’s safety recalls. Toyoda says he is entrusting the job to his U.S. based executives.
Toyoda said he plans to focus his time on improving the manufacturer’s quality control. He’s promised a new brake-override system in all future models worldwide to add a safety measure against accelerator glitches.
According to new U.S. government customer data, 34 deaths since 2000 have been connected to the sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles.
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