TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. says it is investigating possible causes of an accident in which a Toyota Camry crashed into a rock wall in Utah, killing the driver and a passenger.
Police said statements by survivors indicate that the accelerator pedal may have been stuck, causing the sedan to speed out of control in the Nov. 5 incident, The Associated Press reported yesterday.
Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles in the past year to address concerns about unintentional acceleration. One remedy fixed floor mats that could jam the gas pedal into an open throttle position. The other fixed a sticky accelerator pedal that could remain partially depressed.
The 2008 Camry involved in the Utah accident was subject to both recalls, but Utah investigators did not immediately know whether it had been repaired, the AP said.
In a statement, Toyota said it was too early to determine a cause of the crash. Police had not yet reached any conclusions, the AP reported.
Said Toyota: “Over the past year, on multiple occasions, the initial reports on incidents involving Toyota vehicles have involved speculation and premature conclusions that proved to be inaccurate following a review of the facts.”
The AP, citing local police, said tire skid marks show that the brakes were functioning and that the driver tried to stop. The car was exiting Interstate 80 when it went through a stop sign at the bottom of a ramp and through an intersection before hitting a wall.