By Patrick Olsen on February 14, 2010
There has been a surge in the number of consumer complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over Toyota cars, the Associated Press reported this afternoon, with 34 fatalities since 2000 included in those complaints. The reasons for those deaths have not yet been confirmed by the agency.
Complaints about the 2010 Prius grew by nearly 1,000 since the latest recalls were announced more than a week ago, records show. Transportation Department spokeswoman Olivia Alair said NHTSA is quickly gathering information to help guide the federal government's examination of sudden acceleration, the Prius braking system and other safety issues. Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled 8.5 million vehicles globally during the past four months because of problems with gas pedals, floormats and brakes, threatening the safety and quality reputation of the world's No. 1 automaker. The government typically receives a surge in complaints following a recall.
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