Toyota sudden acceleration reports date to 2003

Aug. 2, 2010

Toyota Motor Corp. was informed of sudden acceleration incidents verified by its own technicians and dealers at least six times dating back to 2003, according to documents filed Monday in two lawsuits against the automaker.

In one case, a Toyota technician reported taking a vehicle on a test drive after a customer complained of unwanted acceleration. The car "began to accelerate on its own," as engine speed increased to 5,500 rpm from 1,500 rpm, reported the technician, who was able to stop the vehicle by applying the brakes, according to the filings.