It seems that no matter what they do to appease its client base, the ‘Toyota Tragedy’ just keeps going full steam ahead. By now, most of you already know about the global recall of over 10 million Toyotas over sticky accelerator pedals has sunk the Japanese auto giant into quite arguably the greatest crisis in its history. If that wasn’t enough, Toyota was recently forced to recall hundreds of thousands of their hybrid Prius and the Lexus HS 250h, this time over growing concerns regarding the two models’ braking system.
Now, it’s beginning to look like the Toyota Corolla is set to join in adding to Toyota’s misery after it was reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into a number of complaints filed by motorists over a supposed electric steering problem among 2009 and 2010 Corollas. So far, Toyota has received 83 complaints regarding the steering problems of the Corolla, which, according to the complainants “has the tendency to veer right or left at speeds of over 40mph”, making it hard to stay in one lane and forcing drivers to over-compensate their grips on the steering wheel . According to Automotive News, the steering defect of the Corolla has already caused 10 accidents and six injuries.
As you may know, the Corolla is already one of the eight models that Toyota has recalled over those sticky accelerator pedals and if the NHTSA does find merit to the increasing number of complaints regarding the ‘twitchy’ steering wheels, then Toyota’s problems just a got a whole lot messier.