quote: Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to investigate the sticky accelerators, unsatisfied with Toyota's claim that floor mats were solely to blame. NHTSA is looking at a host of mechanical and electrical elements for bugs, and is even examining whether cosmic rays could play a role, with the help of experts from NASA.
quote: According to documents obtained from Toyota, the company began a recall on "sticky pedals" in September of last year in Canada and Europe. However, it failed to inform U.S. regulators of the problem, and made no effort to launch a recall of the effected vehicles until it came under heavy fire in January.That constitutes a gross violation of federal safety guidelines, which demand that an automaker inform the U.S. federal regulators within five days of discovering a defect.
quote: January 21, 2010 -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, today announced it would recall approximately 2.3 million vehicles to correct sticking accelerator pedals on specific Toyota Division models. This action is separate from the on-going recall of approximately 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to reduce the risk of pedal entrapment by incorrect or out of place accessory floor mats. Approximately 1.7 million Toyota Division vehicles are subject to both separate recall actions.
quote: Audi got some relief from the 1989 study that blamed driver's errors. The researchers found that electronic faults in the idle-control systems of Audi 5000s could cause a short-term power surge that could startle drivers into hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake. The researchers also said the close placement of pedals in the Audi 5000—which were of a different size and configuration than many Detroit models— could lead drivers to mistake the gas for the brake.
quote: The researchers found that electronic faults in the idle-control systems of Audi 5000s could cause a short-term power surge that could startle drivers into hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake.
quote: Oh, and I have a strange feeling that NASA knows a little more about the effects of cosmic rays on electronics than your nose.
quote: Fox New's propaganda techniques, especially given that Fox News now has the propaganda power to kill any conservative candidate that doesn't toe THEIR party line. It's pretty scary shit.
quote: I invariably find the best way to suppress illogical hysteria is with the actual facts . . . rather than by telling an equally large lie in the opposite direction.