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Driver error cited as cause of fatal crashes in 74 of 75 cases

Toyota, once lavished with praise for its reputation for quality and reliability, took more than a few blows to the chin earlier this year due to concerns of sudden acceleration. The company began recalling many of its popular models – including the Camry, Tundra, Corolla, Highlander, and RAV4 – to replace “sticky” gas pedals.

However, after examining data from 75 fatal crashes which were blamed on “sudden acceleration” due to faulty electronics, the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has come to the conclusion that only one incident was not related to driver error. The incident in question is the high profile crash involving a CHP officer driving a 2009 Lexus ES 350. The vehicle accelerated uncontrollably due to improperly installed floor mats which trapped the accelerator pedal. The crash resulted in the death of four people including the officer.

The NHTSA concluded that the other 74 crashes were a result of driver error -- specifically, drivers were mistaking the accelerator pedal for the brake pedal, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"In spite of our investigations, we have not actually been able yet to find a defect" with Toyota's electronic throttle control said NHTSA associate administrator for enforcement, Daniel Smith.

"We're bound and determined that if it exists we're going to find it. But as yet, we haven't found it."

The NHTSA hasn't completely cleared Toyota, however. The agency still notes that improperly designed floor mats and sticky accelerators that were slow to return to the idle were to blame for some crashes. Toyota itself acknowledged these finding back in January. However, phantom electronic gremlins causing Toyota vehicles to suddenly lose their minds appears to have been tossed out of the equation.

The sudden acceleration drama resulted in the U.S. Department of Transportation fining Toyota $16.4 million for deceiving officials about the widespread nature of stick accelerator pedals. There are also over 100 pending lawsuits against Toyota regarding sudden acceleration.

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By shareky on 7/13/2010 6:19:35 PM , Rating: -1
Something smells fishy to me. Just think about it? 74 of 75 people mistook the brake pedal for the gas pedal? Really?? How on EARTH is that possible? So what do I think is really going on?

Well, NHTSA is a "government" agency and President Obama has been known to meddle in the private sector by his acquisition of GM and the Chrysler bailouts, etc., and quite frankly, I would NOT put it past his administration to "hide" the real data and truth regarding Toyota's unintended acceleration problems.

Let's face it. The U.S. economy is in the toilet by all accounts and a lot of people have renounced buying Toyota's until the problem(s) get straightened out for good. Obama is wanting to stimulate the U.S. economy (many Toyota's are built in the U.S.) and if his own NHTSA agency comes out and says everything is okay and that Toyota Motor Corp. was never at fault - rather the majority of accidents are the owner's fault for not knowing the difference between the gas pedal and the brake pedal?? Really???

So with people's confidence supposedly fully restored in Toyota (they were never at fault right? Just a case of bad floor mats getting stuck and people mistaking the gas pedal for the brake pedal??) and with NHTSA's green light more and more people will be willing to buy Toyota's now and in the future and the U.S. economy will have been further stimulated in the process. Although, much to the chagrin of Toyota owners all over the world as their vehicles continue to accelerate unintentionally, and unfortunately, many more deaths will likely also occur because the real problem lies within the electronics of the vehicles affected and which has been fully attested to by many auto experts I might add too. But oh how the economy will have benefited in the meantime right? A little sarcasm on my part.. forgive me. As for me... I will NOT be buying a Toyota until the 'real' truth comes out and the 'real' problem(s) are finally fixed. NHTSA or no NHTSA.

RE: Really??
By gixser on 7/13/2010 7:17:51 PM , Rating: 1
Crikey! That's some theory! You must have fantastic dreams.

RE: Really??
By chick0n on 7/14/10, Rating: 0
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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