"Car problems reported to dealers, automakers, and government agencies every day create a level of 'noise' that can make it difficult to identify real trends and rare problems," a release from the group said Tuesdya.
Consumers Union says many complaints are about isolated incidents due to driver error, vehicle abuse, lack of maintenance or variability on the assembly line. The group says th National Highway Transportation Safety Administration receives more than 30,000 complaints a year; and only about 2,000 in the last decade were related to acceleration issues with Toyota models.
Consumers Union made several recommendations for strengthening the governement's safety net in catching systemic car issues.
Consumers Union also has suggestions for consumers:
Consumers Unions says it will expand information on www.ConsumerReports.org. Visit their Web site for more tips on what steps can be taken.