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NYT: Troubles Predate Recalled Toyotas

A study of complaints filed with the government over vehicles with speed-control problems has found that many reports of problems are for vehicles that do not fall within those recently recalled.

The New York Times reports today that Toyota had more complaints involving crashes than any other carmaker, including for Camrys that predate model year 2007.

According to the Times, the 2002 Camry (left) had about 175 speed-control complaints.

Camrys built before 2007 were not subject to the automaker's recall of six million cars.

The Times' Bill Vlasic, Hiroko Tabuchi and Jo Craven McGinty analyzed 12,700 consumer complaint records filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the last decade, involving all makes of vehicles.

Ford had the most (about 3,500), and Toyota ranked second (with about 3,000 complaints). But Toyota has far more complaints tied to accidents (1,000) than did Ford (450).

According to the Times' analysis, between 2000 through 2009, Toyota had one speed-control crash complaint for every 20,454 vehicles sold in the U.S.; Ford had one per 64,679 vehicles; Honda had one per 70,112; and G.M. had one per 179,821.

The single largest source of unintended acceleration complaints was the 2007 Camry, which Toyota has recalled. But in 2004, 125 crashes reported to the NHTSA were linked to speed control, and about two-thirds of those Camrys.

To read more of the Times' report click here.

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