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NHTSA Clears Toyota Corolla On Steering Issues


2010 Toyota Corolla

2010 Toyota Corolla

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An investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found no defect with the electronic steering in 2009 and 2010 Toyota Corolla models.

The agency had investigated the Corolla (and the Toyota Matrix) for complaints of steering wander or poor on-center steering feel, based upon complaints submitted to the agency by vehicle owners.

Subsequently, Toyota released a technical service bulletin advising dealer service departments on how to address customer complaints of poor on-center steering feel, and has developed an optional control unit that improves steering feel on Corolla and Matrix models. Toyota's action to address consumer complaints was sufficient for the NHTSA to close the investigation into the Corolla's steering.

Closure of the complaint is good news for Toyota, which paid a record $48.8 million in fines to the NHTSA for delaying action on the unintended acceleration and steering rod defect recalls. The NHTSA, working with NASA, ultimately found that sudden acceleration was caused by pedal entrapment in floor mats, a sticking accelerator and human error only; the agencies could find no evidence of problems with Toyota's electronics.

The Corolla is one of Toyota’s most popular models, and a recall to fix the electronic steering would have impacted some 750,000 vehicles. It took the NHTSA almost 15 months to conclude their investigation, but their findings should help Toyota in their quest to rebuild consumer confidence in the brand.

[Reuters, via Autoblog]

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  1. Steering wandering or off center is not new almost all Toyota have been like that since 1960. Last year I drove a Yaris and the car is going in all direction except in straight line.
    I don't know why the car is so popular with many better choice. Anyway I think people realise now that a Toyota is a mediocre car.
     
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  2. Well, the all new
     
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  3. Oops my bad.. I hit the enter button before it could go through properly... Anyway, I meant to say -

    The all new 2011 Toyota Altis has got all the basic features for the customers in this price range especially the eight way electronic driver's seat.which is not available on Audi A4 and Merecedes Benz c class.

    Altis has got huge spacious interiors, it's very comfortable and has good performance, that too at a decent price! Chevy Cruze is a nice choice, but I like the new Altis too, though not the old Corolla :)
     
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