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"Toyota deserves a public retraction and formal apology from ABC News." At least according to the automaker itself. For what, you ask? For ABC's "irresponsible broadcast entitled "Expert: Electronic Design Flaw Linked to Runaway Toyotas." You surely remember the piece, which originally aired the night before a Congressional Panel began investigating the issue of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

That dubious timing has also drawn ire from Toyota, which says ABC News "Rushed out the report" and "denied Toyota the opportunity to review specific manipulation" ABC and its expert, Dr. David Gilbert, "performed in the broadcast." If it had been given an opportunity to respond, Toyota claims it would have shown that Gilbert's technique required conditions that are "virtually impossible to occur in real-world conditions."

It's also pointed out in Toyota's four-page letter, which you can see in its entirety below, that ABC News faked at least one shot of a tachometer shooting from 1,000 to 6,200 RPM, insinuating that the vehicle was speeding out of control with Brian Ross behind the wheel when it was actually sitting in a parking lot with the transmission firmly in Park.

Toyota concludes that Brian Ross "failed in his basic duty as a journalist" by not disclosing that Dr. Gilbert's work was being paid for by a group of "trial lawyers involved in litigation against Toyota." Finally, the Japanese automaker "reserves the right to take any and every opportunity to protect and defend" its reputation.

The ball is officially in your court, ABC News.



[Source: Gawker]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well I demand a hand written and signed apology from the heads of Toyota to every American that Toyota tried to kill with their deathmobiles, but hey we don't always get what we want. Suck it up Toyota and take what you deserve like the noble company you think you are would.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh James Sonne,

        You're quote: "More people have died from Fords unintentionally accelerating over the last decade and a half than from Toyota's"

        You're reference material: "Interestingly, they show that Ford has a higher number of reported incidents than Toyota does. But Toyota has a higher number of crashes."

        So let's get this straight, you claim that more people have DIED in Fords due to unintended acceleration, yet your reference material clearly states that Toyota has a higher number of crashes. That's very interesting. I wasn't aware that so many people died in car crashes without actually crashing.

        I'm still awaiting the link that proves that Toyota is statistically safer than every other manufacturing.

        So it appears, like I said earlier that you are spreading BS, not fact. You are not educating anyone, you're twisting statistics (statistics that have no background attached BTW) to spread your lie.

        Now who's wasting who's time?

        Yeah, that's what I thought.
        • 5 Years Ago
        jim sikes is that you?!

        and they absolutely deserve an apology, if not a judgment in a defamation suit (or two).
        • 5 Years Ago
        That hasn't been proven yet. (That they've been hiding information). And no matter which side of this issue you are on, there is no place for sloppy and false reporting and rigged tests. Toyota will more then likely waste time and resources responding to things like this as opposed to finding the actual problem, if there is one with the ECUs. Toyota is saying their electronics are sound. Someone trying to prove otherwise might not get the attention or credibility they deserve if they truly find an issue because of a bad test or bad report from an incredulous news agency.

        In short, no good can come from a false news report for either side.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Mike
        The article with statistics was itself on Autoblog not too long ago, thanks for being oblivious and uninformed, thus wasting my time. Not that you're entirely to blame ... my drive to educate the world about reality is the direct cause of my wasted time. Here's the link, and quotes:

        "In fact, from 1999 to 2009 Toyota's reported incidences of unintended acceleration were 0.009 incidents for every million cars it sold. " (That puts it in the top 3 automakers, I know for certain, which I think includes Honda and Hyundai or Ford)

        "The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio have all done statistical analyses of unintended acceleration [...]. Interestingly, they show that Ford has a higher number of reported incidents than Toyota does."

        http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/12/runaway-toyotas-what-about-driver-error/

        You can apologize for wasting my time if you'd like ... it would be a nice gesture.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota should at the very least apologize for withholding information from the American public for more than 8 years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well guess what: Toyota's now backing down from the statement that Sikes repeatedly opened and closed the throttle. They say the brakes were pumped, but the throttle was open the entire time. I think if I were ABC, I'd wait for Gilbert's response.

        http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/hed-runaway-toyota-prius-driver-thought-die-dek/story?id=10114198&page=2
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of MKIV's profile pic

        I think i've seen it before. Or something like it. It's not a picture of some girl's mammary glands, rather, it's a graph of some math function or something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad Toyota didn't let this go. Brian Ross is a nut job and ABC should apologize and retract as Toyota asks.

      If they don't, how can anyone trust them ever again?
      • 5 Years Ago
      ABC should be reporting news, not making news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yea, I'll have to agree with Toyota on this. ABC is full of crap. Just like Fox news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      as for the video clip showing the door open etc etc that is just standard b-roll that gets edited into the final clip...I don't see what the big fuzz is about, when I saw the clip they said that they shorted the ecu in certain ways that made the car accelerate..I think I am smart enough to know the difference....It was a re-enactment of what could happen if the ecu were shorted...honestly? wtf?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota should hire Fox to do a news piece on Brian Ross.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And get Dr. Gilbert to purposely short out Ross's brain to make him tell the truth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      if I hook up a breadboard, multimeter and start shorting things and changing things up on purpose, I can get any car to "wildly accelerate" too.

      Taking stock footage of a car sitting revving it's engine and saying that the car is wildly accelerating, is such a crappy excuse for a story.

      I really do feel sorry for Toyota - with craptastic "journalism" like this, combined with the fact you have guys 700K in debt faking 911 calls just so he can get paid? If there is a problem it is orders of magnitude SMALLER than the news and everyone is making it out to be.

      American's are not happy unless we have something to hate or be shocked about. Look at swine flu, if you were to go by what all the TV reporters said we should all be dead now.

      The sad thing is there who watch FOX, ABC, and all these other "news" sources and eat it all up and blindly believe it. America is truly becoming one huge steaming pile thanks to ignorant greedy citizens.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not saying toyota is an angel - if there is a problem, make them fix it and then let the consumer vote with their wallet.

        I remember the Firestone tire saga, and the Explorer roll over cases... both were bad yes, but I never remember this level of media whoring and outright trickery in the reporting of those. It shows the sad current state of what passes for news these days. Seems all you need is an opinion and some fancy camera work to get into the spotlight, who cares about facts these days?

        The media today reminds me of the short hyperactive kid that's constantly running around with ADD, who runs back and forth with a story, twisting the words/facts of others just so people will erupt and get into a fight.

        If they covered up important stuff - fine the hell out of them, make them fix it and let them go about their business. I'd like to know how many people EXACTLY have died from this whole "toyota" issue. Compare that with how many people die daily from obesity, heart disease, and cancer. It shows you just how stupid this country is and where our priorities are.

        No car is 100% safe, you could spend 10 billion developing an adult fisher price version and there will still be someone out there that will find a way to screw it up and get hurt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jeff,

        I wholeheartedly agree, however, none of it absolves Toyota of it's obvious mishandling of saftey defects and it's refusal to issue recalls. This isn't the first to come to light, only the one with the most spotlight put on it. Same and/or worse has happened to all 3 domestics, most within recent memory, so it's not like the witchhunt is only for Toyota,
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota had better get that apology/retraction!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota's woes are as much of a problem as the Mad Cow disease.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Vette,

      Listen to Tourian, stop integrating racist comments in with fact and/or good argument. All it does is give everyone a very good excuse to write off all the decent arguments you make as racist rant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This isn't the worst thing the media has done. They elected Hussein as well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the Hussein you are referring to is Barack H. Obama, then no..the people voted for him.

        The media voted for W, the people against him. And in the end..it's the Supreme Republican Court that voted for him, giving a slap in the face of democracy.

        STFU
      • 5 Years Ago
      IMMA LET YOU FINISH! BUT FORD HAS THE BEST VEHICLES OF ALL TIME!!!!


      But seriously Toyota needs to just get with the program, the media has done sneaky underhanded stuff like this to the Big 3 for decades. They have just joined the club now.
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