• Jul 19, 2010
Toyota has officially spoken out against allegations that it planted a story in The Wall Street Journal that attributed the majority of the company's unintended acceleration woes to driver error rather than entrapped floor mats or faulty software. The Japanese company's American arm emailed a statement to Just-Auto saying that no one within Toyota has any access to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's research, and that no one in the government agency had reported any findings to the automaker.
As you may recall, The Wall Street Journal article cited "people familiar with" the NHTSA's research on the Toyota unintended acceleration problem. It wasn't long before fingers began pointing back at Toyota for supposedly planting the story with the WSJ. Just-Auto originally cited a spokesperson with the NHTSA who said that the information that the publication used came from Toyota.

In its defense, Toyota has said that any reports that claim that the company planted a news story are absolutely false. In its independent research, Toyota has found a number of causes of unintended acceleration, one of which happens to be "pedal misapplication." For those of us that don't speak corporate, that would be driver error. Whether that means that someone at the The Wall Street Journal managed to get their sources crossed or whether the NHTSA is simply trying to cover its bases after leaking otherwise confidential information remains to be seen.

[Source: Just-Auto | Image: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What still remains pathetic about the entire Toyota saga is that they never really designed a gas 'pedal'. What you depress to accelerate a Toyota resembles a narrow 'STICK'. When one goes to apply the brakes, it is not at all surprising that they may similtaneously be stepping on this stick without even being able to feel it. Hence: Accelerating While Braking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nobodyinparticular, the floor mat issue is a "gray area". Toyota took responsability but it is not really their responsability to make sure idiots don't stack the wrong floormats on top of each other and cause interferance with the gas pedal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is going on actually?
      • 4 Years Ago
      CoupeDeBill, you lack the second ingredient, objectivity......
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's like the house on the block that has obvious domestic violence issues.

      Glad i'm not involved.

      • 4 Years Ago
      toyota strongly objects to a new PR adviser lmao.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I object to Toyota's lack of anything sporty (in the obtainable realm of most people).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let's hope the FT-86 isn't castrated and it is actually produced.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No matter what Toyota says, whether true or not, U.S. drivers will continue buying them. It's just like shopping at Walmart -(except that's an American company)- lowest price, biggest selection. OF COURSE people should be shunning Toyota and buying the great new domestic models, but who cares what's good for the country anymore?
      • 4 Years Ago
      ".....but come on you don't seriously think he called people and told them to start attacking Toyota so more buyers would consider a Cobalt or an Avenger."

      Maybe not Obama himself, but there are plenty of others in the NHTSA mob that could have. It is usually very difficult to trace crimes right to the mob boss. Obama did not become POTUS by being stupid, he has plenty of lackies to do his dirty work.
      Dad
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tojo is really saying, that only stupid people drive there cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      First it was Toyota floor mats, then too long of gas pedal, now pedal misapplication and foolish loyal owners in denial. What next.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Odd.. why dont we read of other makes exsperiencing this pedal misapplication at the rate toyota has...But what the hey, any new diasater means there sales will go thru the roof...strange indeed..
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