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Toyota faces new US investigation

Toyota Corolla
Toyota sold nearly 1.3 million Corollas last year

Japanese carmaker Toyota is facing a new US investigation into complaints of steering problems in its Corolla model.

The investigation is expected to be opened on Thursday and will involve an estimated 500,000 vehicles.

It is already facing an investigation into whether it was quick enough in recalling cars over problems involving accelerator and braking systems.

Toyota said on Wednesday that it was looking into complaints of power steering problems with the Corolla.

TOYOTA RECALLS: STORY SO FAR
October 2009, US: 3.8m Toyota and Lexus vehicles recalled due to floormat problem
November 2009, US: floormat recall increased to 4.2m vehicles
January 2010, US: 2.3m Toyota vehicles recalled due to accelerator pedal problems (of those, 2.1m already involved in floormat recall)
January 2010, US: 1.1m Toyotas in floormat recall
February 2010, Europe: 1.8m Toyotas in pedal recall
February 2010, worldwide: 436,000 hybrid vehicles in brake recall
February 2010, US: Safety regulators launch investigation into Corolla steering complaints

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it has received more than 150 complaints about possible steering problems in the 2009-2010 Corolla.

Toyota sold nearly 1.3 million of the models worldwide last year, including about 300,000 in the US.

Toyota is facing another US investigation into whether it was quick enough in recalling millions of cars over problems involving accelerator pedals and braking systems.

It has denied any cover-up and says it will "co-operate to provide all the information they have requested" on the US inquiry.

The saga began in the US with reports that accelerator pedals were getting caught under the floor mats.

The Japanese car giant began recalling vehicles potentially affected by that problem in October last year and Toyota then redesigned the mats.

The floor mat issue affected a number of vehicles in the US, but not in the UK.

Later, separate acceleration problems were found to be caused by the pedal sticking.

This was then followed by the recall of about 436,000 hybrid vehicles, including the Prius model, over brake concerns.



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