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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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Stop blaming Toyota
By chick0n on 7/13/2010 11:29:01 PM , Rating: 1
Im with NHTSA, Most of these "cases" were caused by morons who don't deserves their License's drivers in the first place.

The following story has nothing to do with Toyota, just my own personal experience of "how stupid a driver can be"

One day, at my local Mobil Station, I was filling up my own car then I noticed this woman kept trying to open the gas cap. I was like what the fuck? a broken cap really? then about 10 seconds later she came to me for help, and she first said :

"hey, can you give me a hand? my car is out of gas and I can't put gas in cuz the cap is broken, it won't turn, what should I do?"

I went there, PUSH IT IN THEN TURN, whoa! it popped open ! then she was like ohhh how did u do that, I told her just push it in and turn, common sense? then she just said oh I didn't know that u have to push it, she just got her license couple days ago (mind u she is around 16-17, hmm, pretty hot actually)

I was happy that I helped someone (blah), but seriously. WHAT THE FUXK ? How f-ing dumb people can be?

Back to Toyota ...

Now NHTSA said most of the cases has nothing to do with Toyota. but sadly we will never see anything about it on media like Fox news and the patriotic idiots will just keep saying Toyota sucks and crap.

Oh and b4 someone trying to talk crap. I've never owned a Toyota.

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