NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) is being probed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding a car owner's allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker's past, the Associated Press reports.
The inquiry by the NHTSA covers about 1.69 million Corolla compact cars from the 2006 to 2010 model years. The agency said in documents posted yesterday on its website that the inquiry will determine whether a formal investigation is needed.
At least 141 complaints have been filed with NHTSA about unintended acceleration in Corollas, reminiscent of 2009 and 2010, when Toyota and its Lexus luxury brand vehicles were plagued by complaints of unwanted acceleration as well as investigations and recalls, the AP said.
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