• Aug 3, 2010
According to The Washington Post, attorneys working on a class-action lawsuit against Toyota claim that the company has known about issues of unintended acceleration in its vehicles since as early as 2003. The lawyers have reportedly discovered a field report written seven years ago by a technician that outlined an instance of unintended acceleration. The report allegedly called for immediate action due to how dangerous the problem could become and expressed concern about the potential frequency of the issue.

Earlier this year, the federal government hit Toyota with a $16.4 million fine for failing to recall vehicles afflicted by unintended acceleration quickly enough. At the time, it was believed that Toyota had known about the issue for about a month prior to alerting regulators – well beyond the single week that the law gives automakers to notify the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration of potential problems.

[Source: The Washington Post | Image: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Making unsafe cheap crap will catch up with you sooner or later. Toyota bought their reputation for quality by hiring employees from the NHTSA and paying big bucks to advertisers. Now they are trying to taint the jury pools with the help of their minions in the press, the ones that helped them in the past. Money talks, but not nearly as loud as dead people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is that MC Hammer?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a thing for half naked UPS girls...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was wondering about that picture myself. And about your avatar...
        • 4 Years Ago
        They do exist!

        In my mind....

        and on the interwebs....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah, those pants aren't baggy or sparkly enough. Plus, the Hammer would at least wear CLEAN steel toed boots! :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure anyone cares but it's Israeli military pants and boots in the picture. How it is relevant to Toyota breaking issues (other than there is a breaking pedal somewhere in the pic there) is anyone's guess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You also meant "braking", not "breaking".

        Good work.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, I meant acceleration not breaking lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      So many twists and turns.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, not biting on this 'evidence' by lawyers suing toyota. 2003?....I think toyota and everyone else have been receiving UA complaints since cars were invented.

      We'll see when the whole report by this field agent are released. Until then, it's about as useful as comments in an auto blog. ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        you tell that to the family's of love ones lost in these toyotas..sorry but Toyota is getting what it deserves and I would wager anyone defending Toyota is really only concern about the resale of their Toyota's they cant wait to get out of which i can't blame anyone for wanting out of these dangerous cars made by Toyota/Lexus ....toyota will only last so long on their old customers who are either hoping to keep their resale high enough still they can get out of these cars or their just dumb enough to not see the writing on the wall as is Toyota who better wake up and change ASAP ....I know of friends and coworkers have Toyota's who hate them and regret them. 2 of these friends brought Hyundai's and a KIA and are so more Happy now they dint have to spend their lunch breaks at the Toyota dealerships getting their cars worked on...

        Toyota has seen it day in the 80s and early 90s but let face it Toyota has been building crap for the last 10 years ! the best thing for you people who claim falsely Toyota is still good is to get out of these cars now before the next fall in resale happens because it is going to happen while Hyundai/KIA sky rockers past Toyota/Lexus in resale value...
        • 4 Years Ago
        wasn't this all proven to be nothing but a bunch of people who suck at driving or scammers trying to exploit the situation anyways?
        • 4 Years Ago
        During the height of the UA media coverage, the NY Times had an interesting graphic accompanying a story I read showing the number of throttle complaints reported to the NHTSA for various car companies going back 15 or 20 years. Starting in 2002/2003, the number of complaints for Toyota exploded relative to the number they had previously. Toyota went from having the fewest complaints of all the manufacturers listed on the chart (GM, Ford Chrysler, Toyota and Honda, maybe 1 more), to having the most complaints by far. 2002/2003 also coincides with when Toyota started using drive-by-wire throttles in their cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for your opinion, experts. How about you withold judgement until you actually know what the evidence is??

        Ignorance pisses me off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "...receiving UA complaints since cars were invented"

        Not in the Model T.

        Have you ever seen the controls on that thing? Egads.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @rocketboy, Cars were invented LONG before the model T although kumar probably should have said "since the automatic transmission was invented"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, Toyota will probably pay big time for this, however this is really not news. You could find claims of UA at ANY manufacturer from long long ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      people who drive Toyota's must also own an Apple product of some sort.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Billyapb1071 , some of my co'workers who I work with to have had many problems with their Toyota's and Lexus cars and suvs as well so I am not shocked . It sad to see toyota fall so hard and so fast, You can't blame these people for wanting to hold on to their resale values , I know I would do anything myself to get out of a toyota or lexus. There is nothing worse then owning a car that you know is made cheap and unreliable .
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just another dumb lawsuit to try and get more money from Toyota....tisk tisk, unfortunately these claims by consumers of "UA" have existed since back in the 70s, and may be even before then. What these "plaintiffs" need to start doing is really learn how to operate their vehicles, my goodness....I swear some people think that these cars need to drive themselves, but no matter how many safety upgrades and safety features are added to vehicles by the manufacturer, this will never ever compensate for driver stupidity! To date, NHTSA and outside agencies that have continued to investigate the electronics and throttle control system have yet to find ANY faults whatsoever! Funny how the heat has fell back onto Toyota now that people and the media have gotten over the BP oil spill, SMH....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kirk to Enterprise, "Beam me up, the brakes.....don't.....work! Thismustbesomekind of.....incongruity! Toyotas do things that......logic cannot explain."

      Seriously, they look like Star Trek space pants.
      • 4 Years Ago
      *IF* the cases are said to be driver error, it doesn't matter how long ago Toyota knew about it, it wasn't a recallable (is that a word? lol) problem. Toyota has clearly investigated the problem, and as far as we know, hasn't found a major flaw in their system. And at this point, they really have no reason to hide anything, their image is already taken a huge hit, so why would they?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have wide feet (oh the shame, I know) ... and I get UB --unintended braking, from time to time when I drive my wife's Mazda5

        The fact that I don't drive it often, means, that I sometimes forget to place my feet differently than on every other car that I have ever driven.

        So, while in my case, there is no chance that I drive into something, there is always a chance that a crash will crash into me if I'm not careful.

        That being said, Mazda didn't do their homework when they built it and I'm sure that this is very similar to Toyota!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "So even if it isn't a technical problem, they at a minimum have a pedal placement problem that is causing much more frequent pedal misapplications."

        Where would you like them to place the pedals? Accelerator in the driver's footwell and brake in the passenger? It's not like Toyota is designing pedals that are touching each other.

        Maybe we should start teaching people how to left-foot brake. No pedal mis-application problems AND they can trail brake mid-corner!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously, your explanation is that people that drive Toyotas are 10 times more likely to press the wrong pedal because they are poorly trained? Why is it that Toyota drivers are so significantly more likely to push the wrong pedal than GM drivers?

        Pedal shape, distance apart (side to side and depth differences), and body alignment all contribute to misapplications. I would guess these are more likely causes than a pure mechanical/electrical issue. The Audi UI problem, while ultimately blamed on user error, was a result of gas and brake pedals being too close together. As part of their recall to install the brake interlock, Audi also adjusted the placement of the pedals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Over the last several years (prior to the media storm), Toyota had a UA complaint rate 10 times higher then GM cars. Not just a percentage higher, but multiples higher. The rate is based on number of vehicle sales, not a gross complaint tally. So even if it isn't a technical problem, they at a minimum have a pedal placement problem that is causing much more frequent pedal misapplications.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Short Bus: "Over the last several years (prior to the media storm), Toyota had a UA complaint rate 10 times higher then GM cars. "

        Guys, there's no use arguing with Short Bus because he's a lying nutsack.. The NHTSA's report on trb.org showed that, pre-media frenzy, Ford had much more UA complaints than Toyota, GM had about the same number, and Chrysler had slightly less. For this to make sense, GM/Ford/Chrysler individually would've had to have sold 10 times the number of vehicles that Toyota did in that time frame (2000 to Oct09), which is total bullcrap.
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