The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there are significantly more deaths related to unintended acceleration in Toyotas than it initially reported in February.
The latest numbers show that there have been 6,200 complaints of unintended acceleration in Toyota cars and trucks submitted to NHTSA since 2000. Those complaints allege 71 fatal accidents, resulting in 89 deaths. There have been 57 related injuries during that period.
These figures are up from the 2,600 complaints involving 52 deaths that the agency reported in February. NHTSA warned, however, that these complaints had not been verified.
In an email, Toyota spokesman John Hanson said, "We are making an all-out effort to ensure our vehicles are safe and we remain committed to investigating reported incidents of unintended acceleration in our vehicles quickly. "It is important to remember that many complaints in the NHTSA database, for any manufacturer, lack sufficient detail that could help identify the cause of an accident."
Were pleased to see the government conducting a more thorough review of unintended acceleration issues and advance safety through the Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010.