• Feb 8, 2011
The ongoing saga of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles has taken another turn today as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a statement indicating that no evidence of electronic problems in runaway Toyotas has been found.

"The jury is back. The verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas. Period." said LaHood in a prepared statement. This finding comes at the end of a 10-month investigation carried out jointly by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and NASA that was requested by Congress.

Over 280,000 separate lines of code embedded in the electronics of potentially affected Toyota vehicles were examined by NASA, none of which contained any flaws capable of causing runaway acceleration, says the report.

This isn't to say that the government has found that Toyota is not at fault in any way. LaHood added, "Our conclusion – that Toyota's problems were mechanical, not electrical – come after one of the most exhaustive, thorough and intensive research efforts ever undertaken."

Those mechanical problems, namely sticky accelerator pedals and pedals that got trapped under faulty floor mats, "remain the only known causes for these kind of unsafe unintended acceleration incidents," says NHTSA. It should prove interesting to see how the courts – both of public opinion and of law – react to these findings.

[Source: The Detroit News | Image: Ramin Talaie/Getty]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      @Orincarnia

      Your are a genius buddy *rolling eyes*

      What do you say about the U.S govt and the war? How many widows have they made?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota is the only company having these problems. How can they say it's not in the manufacturing?
        Johan
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are not.
        twas not too long ago when Audi was almost put out of business because
        of "sudden acceleration" .................. after years of study, they found nothing but bad drivers.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not true. I had a burst of sudden acceleration whilst driving my FORD MODEO about three years ago. Was approaching a red light when all of a sudden the car leapt forward. I immediately took the car out of gear, and watched as the needle on the rev counter shot up past the red line. I switched the engine off, and back on again and the problem was gone. Took the car into Ford a few days later and they couldn't diagnose the problem. Needless to say, sold the car and never driven a Ford since.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've no idea why people keep spreading this lie. The NHTSA wrote in their report (found on the Department of Transportation website) that before all the publicity, Ford, GM and Chrysler had as many or even more unintended acceleration (UA) reports than Toyota. Coincidentally, they're all major automakers! Every single automaker had UA reports.

      • 3 Years Ago
      I know what it is......... Car electronics don't like old people!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not electrical? How about electro-magneto?
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe people are missing the truth here. How odd is it that if you want to buy a car built in the USA its a Toyota, Nissan, BMW, or a Honda....and now Hyundai?

      The Toyota Camry became the number one selling vehicle in the USA which isn't surprising since the majority was built buy Americans.

      So here comes the recession and massive bailouts namely to lenders and manufacturing giants.......So the American public is wondering what went wrong?

      So out comes third party litigation teams a great American tradition to provide the public reasoning for this "horrible" life changing event.

      I think there is a big three protocal standard, insted of looking at that massive crap thrown out to the intelligent US consumer, call FOUL when a company produces a car that is technically way more advanced, and in all ways, economically out performs these US car companies in the SMALL CAR AND SEDAN segment.

      Trucks are an entirely different story. Too bad we couldn't get that kind of creative focus during the booming high profit years driven to the regular sedan.

      So gather what is left of your memories and ask Why own a Camry in 2006 when you could have a Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Malibu or a Chrysler Cirrus?

      Because those cars were inferior products. I wouldn't have spent $18k-$30k with out a little research on what is available. Would you, just for the sake of patriotism?

      We I was patriotic! I spent the money on my '06 Nissan that was built in Smyrna, GA.

      Its not any wonder I'm still driving that vehicle and it is a great running vehicle. Safe, economical, and built right here in the good ole United States by American people.


      Still not convinced of this entire FRAUD of a case? I have a bridge for sale, you buying?



      Look at the first letter or digit of your VIN that identifieds the manufacture orgin.



      1=usa J=Japan
      2=canada K=Korea
      3=mexico S=Engand
      4=usa T=Germany
      5=usa W=Germany
      6=australia V= France
      Y=Finland, Sweden
      Z=Italy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now stop the witch hunt!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what I said from the start. The issue is mechanical. But I remember in the initial articles there were many who were convinced the problem is electronics and that anything electronic can't be trusted (talking about all those saying we should go back to throttle cables). The evidence clearly says the opposite.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have a feeling the biggest contributor to all the hysteria was the thing sitting behind the steering wheel.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "loose nut".....LOL!.....does this mean that the Govt will come out and say that the Explorer/ Firestome shambles could have something to do with driving practices such as slalom driving or riding around on tyres with belts showing, rather than just the tires and car....hmmmm
        • 3 Years Ago
        Im not so sure. Whilst i am glad the conclusion is its NOT electronics, what exactly IS the cause...its obviously NOT just the drivers ( although watching Prius driver here in So Cal in the HOV lane makes me question my OWN statement ) could it be just bad design? is the brake pedal too close to the accellerator???? One can lay the onus on some drivers...but all?...doesnt sit right....
        • 3 Years Ago
        It was a steering wheel to front seat interface issue.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "One can lay the onus on some drivers...but all?...doesnt sit right...."

        Why not? Toyotas didn't have different accident rates from other makes before the media hysteria caused a few to lie about it. The truth is that it was driver error, and this problem exists for all makes.

        What basis do you have to say the pedals are too close together? Why would that be a problem, and how far apart should they be, in your opinion? Are they that far apart in other makes? Of course not.

        You just made up another bit of BS. It's amazing to see this process unfold.
      • 3 Years Ago
      funny that the first two comments are parading in support of the verdict when thousands of families go without loved ones...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Bravo! Thousands!

        ... one family with two wrong mats one over another ...

        and NO, I am not saying Toyota did not have a MECHANICAL issue for the pedal ...

        in 95% of the cases the main reason was Human Error, behind-the-wheel device was in the wrong ...
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's right. Everyone who has lost a loved one in a car accident should at least have some corporation to be held accountable.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's not funny. Parading? Not. Thousands of families lose loved ones every year due to various accidents. It's an outrage when some are wrongly blamed for some of those deaths.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. Racism huh?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This issue has been researched and studied since it started the the Audi 5000. Few people seem to realize that the outcome of the Audi 5000 investigation is that a woman who killed her son by running him over finally admitted she stepped on the gas pedal not the brake.

      People do not want to believe or accept they might be responsible for their own actions causing this incidents.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I said it before and I'll say it again--The whole Toyota scare was just that (a scare)-- to try to bring down the #1 most reliable car--meanwhile I'll just cruise along comfortably in my toyota matrix see ya!
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