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A Congress-ordered investigation by top auto, mechanical, and electronics experts found that driver error was to blame in most cases of Toyota vehicle acceleration. There was no link to electronic defects found.
"There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas" -- Ray LaHood

Like a blockbuster trial, the verdict of Congress's probe into unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles was eagerly awaited.  Engineering experts at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NASA, Department of Transportation piled through mounds of test data on thousands of vehicles.

Today, Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released the official verdict: "There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas."

Toyota, the world's largest automaker by volume, recalled 8 million vehicles over the last year due to problems with the floor mats and electronic accelerator pedals.

What the report found was that the only causes of unwanted acceleration were the previously identified ones -- physical problems with the accelerator pedal design that caused it to stick in place and loose floor mats that could jam the accelerator or brake pedals.  These problems were independent from electronic braking glitches that were affecting Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle. 

The report vindicated Toyota's electronic controls, which have been used in Toyota vehicles since 2002.  The news sent shares of the Japanese automaker's stock 4.5 percent upwards. 

The problems left Toyota's image badly stained.  The issues were suspected to be to blame in 89 acceleration-related deaths.  However, only a few of those were definitively substantiated to be due to the sticking pedal or sliding floor mats.  In most cases, driver error was to blame.  In at least one case the driver appeared to be faking the acceleration to try to sue Toyota. 

Toyota has already paid $50M USD to the U.S. federal government for failing to bring them to the attention of federal regulators, despite being aware of them.  With state and local lawsuits, the automaker could face an estimated $10B USD liability, according to a Reuters report. 

About a year ago, President Akio Toyoda paid Congress a visit to personally apologize for the problems and cover-up.  He stated he was "deeply sorry" for these issues.

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RE: YES they looked at all the black boxes
By Beenthere on 2/8/2011 6:05:55 PM , Rating: 3
Did you even READ the story? There were "NO computer glitches".

The engineers from NHTSA, NASA, the NTSB and other independent accident investigators spent 10 MONTHS examining every aspect of the vehicles in question including all of the black boxes and other evidence and found that the electronics did NOT produce any unintended acceleration. The evidence shows operator error not mechanical or electrical malfunctions.

For the record, manual throttle cables and brakes can malfunction just like DBW and boosted brakes or power steering. No offense intended but you're logic is seriously flawed.

RE: YES they looked at all the black boxes
By walk2k on 2/8/11, Rating: -1
RE: YES they looked at all the black boxes
By Beenthere on 2/8/2011 8:38:18 PM , Rating: 2
NO you didn't read the story being discussed here.

NO you didn't read the story your posted a link to which discusses the Prius which is a hybrid and not the vehicle of discussion.

NO the Prius software doesn't cause unintended acceleration

So the bottom line is you have NO clue what the DailyTech article is about, what it means or the fact that there is NO issues with the Toyota models in question other than operator error.

NO wonder we have people crashing their cars and killing people daily...

RE: YES they looked at all the black boxes
By walk2k on 2/8/11, Rating: -1
By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 2/9/2011 12:28:21 PM , Rating: 1
I sort of get what you are saying. But by that logic, you should not fly on any modern aircraft because they use nothing but by-wire controls. They do have redundant systems, but those are by-wire as well.

By chick0n on 2/8/2011 10:51:07 PM , Rating: 2
obviously u have no idea what exactly happen.

please try to understand the object more before you spill more bullshit out, cuz its just gonna make u look even more retarded. Thanks :)

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