DETROIT – U.S. safety regulators have rejected a Rhode Island man’s request for an investigation into low-speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it put over 2,000 miles on the man’s 2010 Corolla. But the agency’s Ohio test lab couldn’t find any problems with the throttle or transmission. The lab also found that the brakes could keep the car stationary at full throttle.
The decision is a victory for Toyota, which has been dogged by complaints of unwanted acceleration since 2009.
Bob Ruginis of Rhode Island petitioned the agency last year seeking an investigation of nearly 1.7 million 2006-2010 Corollas. He alleged that the Corolla driven by his wife, Kathy, surged at low speeds several times, and a dealer couldn’t find the cause.