• Jun 30, 2010



The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee is still pouring over Toyota's unintended acceleration issues, and right now the group is looking into older braking systems. Automotive News reports that the committee was told by investigators that an investigation of a 2005 Toyota Camry showed that some older model Toyotas were equipped with brake override systems (although not all newer models have such equipment). Toyota, as you may recall, has promised to equip all 2011 model year vehicles with a brake override system.

The Japanese automaker has also been asked by the committee to detail the work being performed by research firm Exponent Inc. relative to Toyota's unintended acceleration issues. Exponent has said that it hasn't found any electronics issues that would lead to unwanted acceleration issues. For his part, Committee Chairman Henry Waxman has told reporters in a letter that Exponent "has not been fully cooperative with the committee's requests."

Toyota is reportedly being given until July 6 to contact the House committee, and documents must be provided by July 12. Toyota spokesman Mike Michels has informed AN that the company will cooperate with requests from the committee.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req. | Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Japanese automaker has also been asked by the committee to detail the work being performed by research firm Exponent Inc. relative to Toyota's unintended acceleration issues. Exponent has said that it hasn't found any electronics issues that would lead to unwanted acceleration issues. For his part, Committee Chairman Henry Waxman has told reporters in a letter that Exponent "has not been fully cooperative with the committee's requests."

      Yeah, sounds like Waxman's upset because they haven't found anything wrong with Toyota's vehicles. It's bad drivers who suffered a momentary lapse of pedal confusion. Same as with Audi in the 1980s...

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/11/opinion/11schmidt.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      Electronic brake override on 2005 model cars but not on later versions sounds like cost cutting to me. Deleting equipment is a page in the Toyota playbook.

      Toyota fell from sixth to 21st place in the 2010 J.D. Power initial quality rankings. Some wonder if it is the new Old GM, a lying, cheating, chiseling car company. Promised quality and customer care improvements are years away and will do nothing for current owners.

      Toyota lost $4-billion in 2009 and will lose a like amount this year. Oh, what a feeling!
      • 4 Years Ago


      poring over.

      not "pouring over".


      • 4 Years Ago
      When my next performance review comes up at work i'll have to hire Exponent...just in case ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am still waiting for factual and undisputal evidance to claims that Toyota's unintended acceleration is due to electronic / electrical issues ... mmm !!

      NHTSA, NASA ... somebody ??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any vehicle with VDC should have inherent brake over-ride capability, since it can cut throttle electronically. If a 2005 Camry had this ability, it is possible that the supplier for ABS or VDC systems changed since then. There are no parts involved in a brake over-ride, just a few lines of code, which Toyota could have for free, since it's such a huge customer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't worry Toyota, after the November elections there will be a lull in these government-led 'investigations'.

      ...until the 2012 election rhetoric starts up.