WASHINGTON DC - The US Department of Transportation has received numerous complaints from Toyoda owners claiming sudden deceleration concerns. The majority of the complaints state that the car stalls without warning when its fuel gauge shows empty.
Officials of the DOT are in discussion with Toyoda over a fix and to decide if there is enough evidence for a recall. However the company said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it received ten complaints of engines failing to operate when fuel was exhausted.
Company leaders vowed to respond quickly to the concerns. Separately, they said its engineers in Japan had duplicated the problem by starving engines of gas. They further stated that the recent problem seems to directly correlate with record breaking gas prices.
In the interim, a temporary fix has been put forth which offers to equip each vehicle with a spare gas can until the specifics of the problem can be worked out. Customers will receive a notice telling them to bring their vehicles to a dealership for a container.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises that if your automobile engine does quit while you are low on fuel, do not continue on to your destination.
Instead, they suggest that you pull over a safe distance to the side of the road on the shoulder. Turn off the car, put on the emergency brake and shift into 'Park.' Then using a pen or a lady's lipstick, scrawl on a piece of cardboard or paper, "OUT OF GAS."
The NHTSA is collecting data on this phenomeonom so it is important to report your incident to the police in order to try to correct the problem for the future.