The government's traffic safety arm says it's investigating complaints that throttles stick on 1987-89 Toyota Camrys and Celicas.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had received 53 complaints that the throttle sticks in both the open and closed positions on 2.0-liter models of the Camrys and Celicas.The alleged defect led to three accidents and one injury, the agency said.
The throttle is a valve that regulates the flow of fuel into the engine. A sticking throttle could cause a car to either accelerate or maintain its speed even when the driver lets off the accelerator.
An estimated 700,000 Camry and Celica 2.0-liter models are on the road.