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Toyota Investigates Millions of Cars For Acceleration and Brake Issues

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If you drive a Toyota Corolla, your car may be under investigation for sudden acceleration, and not being able to stop in time before a crash. If you drive a Toyota Corolla, your car may be under investigation for sudden acceleration, and not being able to stop in time before a crash.
NBC RIGHT NOW-- U.S. safety regulators said they are evaluating a petition to investigate 1.7 million Toyota Corollas for unintended acceleration and brake failures.

The petition cites about 163 customer complaints from Corolla owners to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  It states Corollas from the model years 2006 to 2010 might experience engine surges at low speeds and the brakes may fail to stop the vehicles in time to prevent a crash.

Staff from Toyota said the automaker "will fully cooperate with any inquiry regarding the petition."

This is not the first time the automaker got into hot water.  In 2009, a Toyota crashed near San Diego and took the life of an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and his family after the gas pedal became stuck while they were driving on the highway.

After that accident, Toyota recalled millions of vehicles to fix the issues that might have caused gas pedals to get stuck on their own.

The automaker also admitted to misleading people about the issues linked to unintended sudden acceleration and agreed to pay a $1.2 billion fine.
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