• Sep 14, 2010
Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota executive vice president in charge of research and development, has confirmed that a software glitch has caused the company's event data recorder readers to misinterpret speeds during accidents. According to Automotive News, the executive admits that his company had previously underscored the fact that it couldn't say whether or not there was a problem with the black boxes themselves. The software bug in the readers came to light during the manufacturer's investigation into instances of unintended acceleration. Even so, Uchiyamda (above, left) says that there's no reason to doubt the rest of the readings from the EDRs.

Both Toyota and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have found that in the majority of runaway vehicle cases, driver error has been to blame, though some incidents were caused by entrapped accelerator pedals.

Despite the problem, Uchiyamada has warned against using the EDR reader defect to discredit all of the data collected by the devices, noting that the glitch has since been remedied and that the rest of the readings accurately recorded.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req. | Image: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      What a great picture to accompany this news, LOL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BS!! There is nothing wrong with their electronics! I said before ...Toyota cars are perfect, however their quality control on keeping their stories consistent has really been lax lately. How do they ever expect people to continue to be suckered into believing the Toyota hype and buying their cars if they send mixed messages!? Come on Toyota!


      /s
        • 4 Years Ago
        ... Are you seriously denying something that they Toyota admitted to?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry disregard that didn't notice the /s at the bottom. :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      I keep saying it.....it's 70 years later, and they're doing it again....just in a different, more discrete way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing Toyota should be trusted, especially their pathetic black boxes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "I'm buying two Toyotas a Corolla LE and a Camry CE, beige and sleige (silvery beige). It's got a STAR safety system!!!!" -Man Toyota really are overrated dumpsters on wheels itsjust too damn bad the people buying these hunks of crap dont even know it. Sux for them!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      YAWN
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      "A top Toyota executive says the crash data boxes in its vehicles are reliable but a bug in the software that reads the information can provide inaccurate vehicle speeds."

      Actually read the article instead of posting junk. It is discussing reading the speed of the vehicle. If the accelerator is floored by human input it is still the driver's fault!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Excuses, excuses, excuses!

      They are more than happy to throw blame for every problem they have on anyone or anything they can. Admit you produced an inferior product and had poor equipment instead of trying to say that it was all the fault of the people who believed enough in your product to purchase it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "....did you hear about the one about the American that didn't know how to stop buying Toyotas?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Never drink and code.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look at that... they are laughing about it too!!! :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        Raffing out Roud if you will..

        I kid I kid!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I can't believe how STUPID those Americans are !
        Who REALLY won the war ha ha ahaha aha aha ahaa aaa (fart) oppps hahaha aha !!! "
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