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The Los Angeles Times scoured public records and discovered that the number of deaths possibly linked to Toyota's unintended acceleration issue could top more than 100 – twice the amount previously reported earlier this year.

With recalled vehicles reaching record numbers, complaints have poured in to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the number of reported accidents involving sudden acceleration have increased accordingly. A review of police reports, lawsuits and NHTSA filings have revealed that sudden, unintended acceleration could be a possible cause of death in as many as 102 cases.

The rise in possible deaths related to sudden acceleration has led to a thorough evaluation of each and every fatality reported involving a recalled Toyota vehicle. All accidents involving recalled vehicles, and in particular cases that involve a fatality, will be investigated by the feds, and the government's final report should finally solidify the gruesome numbers.


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[Source: Los Angeles Times]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      100 deaths from people too stupid to put their cars in neutral. Guess they wont be poisoning the gene pool anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw a graph a while ago that showed Toyota with 40% of the SUA claims that NHTSA had, Ford was in 2nd with a decent amount, then some other manufacturers with a few and I remember GM only had a handful. There's definitely something up with Toyota.
      kim
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm seriously hoping it comes out as not a cover up, but If it's proven they covered it up, then I don't care how big of a dent in population it is the people who decided to cover it up should be punished.
      I'm sick of companys getting away with selling products with problems that they know could hurt people. It has killed at least 3 people i know about, and if its because of a few higher ups covering the problems up then they are just as bad murderers in my mind.
      my heart goes out to all of the victims familys and to the toyota workers that may lose their jobs because of the bad publicity but had nothing to do with the problems here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a f#%&ing ridiculous headline on this article, you're stating a possibility as a fact. What a joke. I have yet to see a story I believe about UA, but I've seen plenty debunked...
        • 5 Years Ago
        A truthful headline wouldn't have generated as many page-hits for AB, nor as many paper sales for the LA Times.

        Realize that you are not the media's customer. The media's customer is the advertiser. You are the product being sold. You'll understand a whole lot more about how you're manipulated once you realize that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If there are 100 deaths (even remotely) attributable to this issue then Toyota is going to pay a LOT. Then all the others who will sue for no reason other than their car was in the recall.

      This will affect the development of new products at some point.
      safetyfirstebnj
      • 5 Years Ago
      All this press makes me wonder. Toyota has a recall problem now. The big three had major recalls time and again without this much press. But now they are being bailed out by the gov't. and suddenly Toyota is soooooooooo bad. Wow. If there is a problem, it will get fixed. If you can't shift your car into neutral and apply the brakes, you shouldn't have a license. What I do find amazing is that my Toyota was recalled. My friend with the same model Toyota didn't have their car recalled. The difference? My recalled car was built in America with a gas pedal made in America. Her Toyota was built in Japan. Makes me wonder.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to close them down and they really need to shut Rusty Hill up In Panama City, Florida. He owns the Toyota Dealership and he has commercials that will make you throw up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      yet they keep their slogan: "Moving Forward"
      • 5 Years Ago
      All due to driver error, I suppose?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how many of the "surges" are due to drivers who are inexperienced with the "resume" feature of cruise control.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OMG! EVERYONE PANIC!!!

      lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just an idea I'm throwing out there... Since it seems like it is not possible to put the car in neutral in some of these Toyotas, I wonder if some aftermarket parts manufacturer could develop a mechanical device that would fit over existing driveline parts that could disengage at the flick of a switch that could be easily controlled by the driver? I'm thinking something along the line of an automatic hub unlocking switch that could disengage the front hubs (kind of like in a truck) if the car does happen to accelerate out of control??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota has minimized the complaints of its owners for over a decade. Over 3,000 Toyota owners believe that Toytoa engine oil sludge problem is not owner-maintenance related. We believe there is something inherent in the affected engines that hastens the breakdown of the engine oil.

      What has Toyota done to investigate this? Where is the data to support such an investigation? When will the vehicle owners be shown this data?

      http://www.toyotasludge.com/
      http://www.uc2.blogspot.com
      http://www.toyotaoilgel.com


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