The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration said it had begun a preliminary evaluation into
the hybrid Camry sedans from model years 2007 and 2008. The
agency said it had gotten 59 complaints of intermittent loss of
assisted braking, resulting in increased stopping distances.
A preliminary evaluation is the first step in a process that can
lead to a recall if regulators determine that a manufacturer
needs to address a safety problem.
Two accidents but no injuries were listed in documents filed
online with the NHTSA. The complaints show an increasing trend,
with more than half received in the past eight months, according
to the documents.
Each complaint alleges multiple incidents of either delayed
braking activation or increased brake pedal effort, according to
the NHTSA documents. About 40 percent of the incidents occurred
at speeds of 40 miles per hour or more, according to the NHTSA.
A Toyota spokesman said the company was cooperating with the
(Reporting by Ben Klayman in
Detroit; editing by Peter Galloway and Lisa Von Ahn)
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