Toyota Motor Co., has had the most publicized problems with unintended acceleration in several brands. But the problem appears to be a industry-wide concern, according to an investigation and analysis of National Public Radio (NPR).
The analysis covers about 15,000 complaints filed over the past decade, covering cars back to the 1990 model year. The complaints were filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) which regulates auto safety.
In 2009 models, for example, NHTSA identified 251 complaints alleging sudden acceleration and related problems.
To read the NPR account of unintended acceleration, visit: Unitended Acceleration
To view a year-by-year individual manufacturer list of complaints, visit: Complaints
Article Last Updated: March 3, 2010.
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