• Feb 18, 2011
Toyota is facing down a lawsuit that cites unintended acceleration as the cause of several accidents and a greater-than-normal reduction in resale values. Due to recent findings by NASA, Toyota now has more ammunition for its legal efforts to get these allegations dismissed.
The automaker already attempted to have this case dismissed back in November of 2010. At the time, Judge James Selna declined to dismiss the suit based on the evidence presented by Toyota. This time, however, Toyota is armed with research conducted jointly by the space experts at NASA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which indicates that there are no electronic culprits to blame for the unintended acceleration phenomenon.

[Source: Los Angeles Times]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      This is comical. Since no electronic issues were found that means that no issues ever existed right? Those people that were killed must not have died right? I guess the Holocaust didn't exist either.

      I see a lot of warranty parts come back at my job with no trouble found. Doesn't mean there wasn't an issue. Lab testing can only gain so much insight into an actual problem that occurs in the real world.

      If this was Ford, GM, or Chrysler everyone would be screaming for heads to roll. I don't understand why people love Toyota so much. They are well known for their spin on how recalls can be called product improvements and other warranty issues. Toyota is very good at managing their PR and their issues but those issues exist there just like they do at every other manufacturer.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Politically, Toyota somehow manages to be a posterchild for rightwingers and leftwingers, I think they conned so many people into thinking that were the car for the "smart people" that they are kind of a cult, that's why Consumer Reports has so much invested in them.

        I don't see how a actual car enthusiast can be very pro Toyota, maybe armchair CEO's that took a couple classes at the University of Phoenix can get excited by them, but to people who actually like cars, Toyotas are appliances, very mediocre ones at that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its amazing how the US media can create such a negative hype about a foreign auto manufacturer in an effort to boost domestic auto sales...and the US public buys it. Nasa and the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin have both cleared Toyota of negligence. Didnt the Ford Escape have 14 recalls in its first couple of years? Was this all over the US media....short answer...Nope. Toyota quality and reliability is still the benchmark other manufacturers aim for.
      Now, when is the Supra coming back?
        • 3 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? The Supra is back and it's adjusted for inflation. It's called the LF-A! :)
        • 3 Years Ago
        att : superx1919 - 12 months ago, some fractions in society were publically ridiculing Toyota about electronic gremlins despite the fact they exhibited no supporting evidance to the claim. Infact, i recall a particular identity announced all Toyota vehicles should stop being driven immediately.

        However .... as a number of investigations gained momentum from various organisations with NHTSA and NASA being the 2 most notable - it became evident no electronic fault with Toyota's drive system/s were being identified and the clowns who were attempting to humiliate Toyota began becoming very quiet about the topic.

        Today however, well ... it is as-if those drongo's have completely gone underground about the topic.

        Gee ... i wonder why !!

        Question i ask ... why don't those same individuals who publically ridiculed Toyota make a public appearance and admit they were WRONG !!

        I tell you why they don't ... because they are gutless.

        What about the ridiculous ABC report which claimed they managed to manipulate a Toyota vehicle to accelerate out-of-control yet there was a light on the dash indicating the car was in 'park' ... what an absolute bunch of twits.

        Lets not forget scenario's like James Sikes (amoung others) and his so-called runaway Prius have been indentified as a hoax in pathetic attempts to cash-in.

        On another note, Toyota eventually established a Rapid Response Team whom's duty was to immediately investigate any claim of Unintended Acceleration and ironically reports / claims of UA suddenly took a deep dive at about the same time ... mmm !!
        • 3 Years Ago
        NASA did not clear Toyota of anything other than 'electronics' not being at fault. There are other facets of the fiasco that do have (some) merit, as far as lawsuits go. That said, I am not supporting the claimants on these lawsuits.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The one thing people should have on their mind behind the wheel is driving the eefing car.
      I hope Toyota wins this one.
      Driver education is something lacking in the US.
      20 years ago everyone didn`t need a phone up to their ear in the car and we got along just fine.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I do think Toyota sucks!
        I`m not the typical fan boy defending Toyota.
        A spade is a spade.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hate that I'm defending Toyota, but I'm more interested in pushing forward a level of sanity in personal driving responsibility. Plus, these lawsuits are just ABSURD!

      Also, I hope that guy...you know...the one that killed that family in his 1995 Camry, that has a throttle cable...goes back to jail post-haste.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes this is all BS. People failed to clip their floormats into the little hooks, then piled the big universal winter rubber ones on top, and it caught the accelerator pedal. How is this Toyota's fault?

        Also, brakes will overpower the engine anyway, so that means the drivers panicked or they were standing on the wrong pedal, just like all the other sudden acceleration claims that ALL manufactures have against them.

      • 3 Years Ago
      The blood sucking ambulance chasers need to leach onto a new host.......
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota..what a joke. Sneaky coverup for years now they want to wipe the slate clean? Keep building your boring looking death traps... some idiot will buy them.
        • 3 Years Ago
        att : RTS - It will take along time for a sizeable proportion of the population to get over the fact that for many years General Motors 'arguably' engineered amoung the poorest quality, most unreliable and troublesome cars that have ever (unfortunately) graced the road.

        Furthermore ... GM has a long history of being amoung the most ignorant, arrogant and incompetant car maker in the world and the fact that it took bankruptcy proceedings and and intervention from the United States Government pretty much supports my claim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota replaced accel.pedals because it was the right thing to do.

      Regarding the many recalls that have followed - i wonder if perhaps Toyota has become over-cautious.

      Just a thought ... !!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Junk..........
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was hoping we'd heard the last of this nonsense, but apparently that was wishful thinking. It's not like we can expect much better though... such is the price of admission for doing business in the Land of Litigation (USA). Frivolous lawsuits are the norm... more akin to playing the stock market or gambling in Vegas. Everybody wants a piece of the action.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This will be over when Toyota pays the next $100 million+ they owe for lying to and deceiving the American public.
        • 3 Years Ago
        att : Wally - What about the billions of dollars that GM owes not only to the public coffers of the United States but other governments around the world whom also assisted with the bankrolling of respective GM subsidaries in those countries including Canada, a number of nations in Europe particuarly Germany and even the Australian government. Perhaps you should be much more concerned about GM settling it's massive, multi-billion dollar deficit to a number of public coffers around the world then Toyota's affairs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      For the love of God put all this BS away! Alright so Toyota covered up...big deal, it happens all the time. Their cars have been proven over and over to be safe (even if their quality is dropping right now) so stop wasting taxpayer money on this nonsense and let the world move on!
        deeno90027
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can't be serious man, can you? How do you feel about potentially fatal medicines that passed through the FDA check points and then ended up being the cause of death for one of your relatives? I mean come on man, you can't just sweep this under the rug. People were killed and injured.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @deeno: The only case that was proven to be due to a Toyota error (stacked floor mats) was the police officer's. His family has already received a settlement. No one else deserves a cent because no other case has been proven to have been caused by a Toyota error. Read the NHTSA's latest report. It's in the executive summary.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree, companies should be able to break the law and cover up problems whenever they see fit.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Toyota paid their dues for covering up the problem, this should be let go....the software is not to blame, and they fixed (or offered to fix) the floormats/pedals...how many corporations get away with s*** like this and receive no penalty whatsoever? Or how many have we bailed out (think Wall St)? Fine...Toyota's quality sucks nowadays...that's their problem, not taxpayers'.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why don't we borrow some of Toyota's whitewash, and whitewash the whole dang thing. Nothing to see here folks, nothing but a good whitewash job.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota is basically saying the problem is operator error, which implies that American's are stupid because they can't tell the difference between the accelerator and the brake pedal. But since Toyota had more of these problems than any other manufacturer, wouldn't that mean people who drive/buy Toyotas tend to be less intelligent than the average American?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since when did the failed space agency become a court?
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