Corolla surges un­der brakes

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Ask Smithy -

Sev­eral times re­cently my mother-in-law’s 2005 Toy­ota Corolla has surged quite strongly when she has braked at ur­ban speeds and she is con­cerned about the safety of the car, as well as her own safety and the safety of pedes­tri­ans. When this has oc­curred she has been brak­ing un­der nor­mal driv­ing con­di­tions and her im­me­di­ate re­sponse is to press as hard as pos­si­ble on the brakes, which does slow the car and bring it back un­der her con­trol. She is adamant the prob­lem is not caused by the ac­cel­er­a­tor be­ing caught un­der the floor mat or by her foot be­ing on both brake and ac­cel­er­a­tor. Her Toy­ota dealer could not find any prob­lem with the car and did not know of any other in­stances of this hap­pen­ing. She is se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing re­plac­ing the car. Do you know of any other in­stances of this oc­cur­ring, and if so what rem­edy can be ap­plied?

Jim Hall, email

There have been re­ports of un­in­tended ac­cel­er­a­tion of Toy­otas, mostly in the US. Toy­ota Aus­tralia says the US sit­u­a­tion can’t oc­cur here be­cause the cars sold here have a dif­fer­ent ac­cel­er­a­tor ar­range­ment. We­have passed your con­cerns on to Toy­ota and re­quested they check her Corolla.

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