Acceleration problems have occurred in other Toyota vehicles going back to 1992, according to information obtained by the L.A. Times. The Times state that some 56 people may have been killed while their Toyota surged and accelerated beyond control. This story is typical of what others have reported:

Victim: Juanita Grossman

Location: Evansville, Ind.

Model: 2003 Toyota Camry

Details: Juanita Grossman, 77, was found with both feet still jammed down on the brake pedal.

The Indiana woman had just pulled out of the local drive-through pharmacy where she picked up medication when her car took off across St. Joe’s Street in Evansville, Ind.

The 2003 Camry clipped another vehicle, crossed the street and grazed a fire station before slamming into a jewelry store, according to relatives and a complaint filed by Grossman’s family with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“It was like a car on a sling shot. She was slung across the street into that building,” said her son, Bill.

Grossman was conscious after the wreck, maintaining alertness on and off for another six days before dying from her injuries.

Bill Grossman recalls his mother lying in her hospital bed, recounting how she braked furiously but couldn’t slow the surging car.

“She kept emphatically saying that the accelerator stuck on her,” he said.

What is surprising is that these accidents have been happening and the NHTSA seems to have had its head in its butt this entire time. It is not just recent models that have had control issues. In the L.A. Times story there is cited an accident when a 1992 Toyota 4 Runner took off and its driver ran off the road and was killed. This accident happened back in 1992  when the vehicle was new.

You have to wonder how long Toyota has known about this problem.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Read the entire L.A. Times article here.