Throughout all of the recent Toyota recall talk, the automaker has stated on numerous occasions that it has never found any sort of electronic defect that would cause unintended acceleration. Instead, Toyota insists that only floor mats and sticky accelerator pedals were to blame for the problems that owners have cited in recent months.
It comes as quite a surprise, then, to learn that Toyota has, in fact, faced problems involving unintended acceleration as far back as the early 2000s. What's more, an official service bulletin was issued to dealers on August 30, 2002, detailing an electronic recalibration that was needed to fix certain '02 model year Camrys affected by this issue. The service bulletin states that those vehicles "may exhibit a surging during light throttle input at speeds between 38-42 mph."
This new report was brought into the spotlight by Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich) who says that he still feels that the root of the unintended acceleration is, in fact, an electronic problem that has not been addressed. Toyota, however, continues to stand by its conclusion that electronics were not at fault in these recent cases. This new information will no doubt play a key role in the ongoing investigation about Toyota's unintended acceleration problems.
[Source: AOL Autos]