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According to The Detroit News, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has opened an investigation into almost 44,000 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vehicles from the 2006 model year over stalling concerns. The agency has received a total of 32 complaints, with 21 of those incidents involving engine stalling at speeds of over 40 mph. A total of 26 of the reports said that the engine then could not be started again afterward. NHTSA says that the problem represents a growing trend, and that all but one of the incidents have occurred during the last year.

Toyota, meanwhile, says that the company will do everything in its power to cooperate with the government's investigation. As The Detroit News reports, Toyota recently recalled 1.33 million Corolla and Matrix vehicles for stalling engines. That recall also included certain Pontiac Vibe models as well.

Toyota is just now beginning to recover from a rash of recalls associated with unintended acceleration. The Japanese automaker was recently vindicated by research conducted by NASA engineers who determined that there was nothing electronically wrong with the company's throttle system.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota has been making crap for years and hiding the complaints from the public. You can only keep do do in a paper bag for so long, then it begins to seep through, the do do is seeping, get out of the way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @whofan, CR and the entire main stream media were complicit in the white-washing of the Toyota record. They held them up as the "gold standard" while relegating anything made in Detroit to tin can quality. I continue to believe it was not by accident but a "done for profit" scheme. Just look at the NHTSA, people in control were given positions at Toyota, we know what that was about. It wasn't until a California highway patrolman and his family were killed that any of this ugly stuff came to light. Now we realize Toyota was just as bad if not worse than anything Detroit was producing, and Detroit wasn't hiding evidence. If given the opportunity these same entities will return to the Toyota "Gold Standard", hints are already being given.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn`t go as far as to say Crap.
        But their crap stinks just like everyone elses.

        Agree with the rest of your statment though.

        Some one finally turned the spotlight on Toyota, and there they stood with their pants down.

        No more automatic recommendations from Consumer Reports either.

        CR had their pants down too with Toyota.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I suppose they'll want an apology for this also - when you build inadequately engineered products, you get what you paid for.
      Renée Luna
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I feel very lost and upset right now. Two weeks ago I bought the 2006 hihy. The very first day backing out of the driveway, put it in drive, car wouldn't go, dash lights come on. Says to put it in park. Thinking this was some new fandangled hybrid deal.. perhaps my door wasn't closed all the way? Put the car in park. Opened closed my door. Turned the car off and on. Drove dine. Today it happened for the 3rd time in two weeks and I know know that it's not me, it's the 2006. I bought this thing totally trusting Toyota (we've owned Toyota before and have never had problems)... 80k miles from a Ford dealer who couldn't give us anything beyond a 30 day warranty because it was a Toyota hybrid. Taking it in tomorrow. Haven't even made my first payment. The vin meets the criteria stated here but of course, no warranty. I don't have the money to plunk down in repairs nearly what the used vehicle cost us in the first place. I feel like puking, honestly. It's practically criminal, installing known faulty parts and then not replacing all of them for free as soon as the issue became known.
        Renée Luna
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renée Luna
        It should be noted too that this isn't your average stall. The brakes are assisted by the hybrid system, as is the steering. This rather heavy vehicle, especially moving at highways speeds as many of these stalls were reported, is very dangerous when suddenly steering and breaking are MUCH harder than intended. Additionally, there have been reports of front end wobbling when this goes out. Don't belittle the issue without all the information. Shame on me for not studying this used model before purchase. I feel for those who bought it new and had this fail just outside of warranty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These days you needn't worry about aliens probing in strange places, NHTSA is doing it for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having worked as an engineer on one of the Toyota planetary hybrid transaxles, good luck! Motor/Generator/IPU faults at high speed can be fun when you lose all power.

      If the motor or motor IPU fails, you lose ALL ability to drive, including "limp-home" mode.

      An engine shutdown at very high vehicle speeds can overspeed the generator.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GO TOYOTA! (until it stalls, that is)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks Autoblog for the unrelated reminder that Toyota seem to be absolved of any electronic malfunctions related to unintended acceleration, while failing to mention that those malfunctions were in fact mechanical/piss poor Toyota drivers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota- From a company that couldn't stop, to a company that stops for no reason at all. Thats a major turnaround for such a large business.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boy it's just one thing after another with Toyota these days!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet that self-sustaining roller-coaster would stall too...
      • 4 Years Ago
      See what happens when you use low quality parts and low quality venders? Toyota is not at falt my ass!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The one nice vehicle they make now it too has problems.

      Toyota Quality years back was a myth. Hidden recalls = perception of good quality.

      No one bothered to look for the dirt before. Now when they do they find they need a pretty big vacuum cleaner.

      Toyota, always as good but never better.

      God let the Sunshine in!
      Me, The domestic American car fan.
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