By Nat Shirley
Friday, Sep 2nd, 2011 @ 1:33 pm
Toyota is scrambling to find faulty components in its vehicles following allegations from a Chinese inspection agency that its cars are responsible for an unspecified number of fatal accidents.

China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine claimed that Toyota's Camry, Prado and Reiz models have been manufactured with faulty brakes and drive shafts. No details regarding any accidents were provided, nor information regarding casualties.

"All we know so far is what included in the agency's statement," said Toyota spokesman Liu Peng in an interview yesterday. "We are looking into the issue and will try to clarify the facts."

Growth of automobile ownership, along with a commensurate escalation in accidents, has led China's government to increase efforts to control vehicle quality. Collisions spiked 36 percent to 3.9 million incidents in 2010, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

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