Remember the reports released by NASA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which concluded that Toyota's electronic systems were not to blame for cases of unintended acceleration? Watchdog group Safety Research & Strategies has a 51-page bone to pick with those papers.

According to The Safety Record, the advocacy group's publication, Safety Research & Strategies took a deep dive into unintended acceleration research reports. The group also obtained previously unreleased portions of the report, and the results seem to contradict the very defense that Toyota is using in its UA-related lawsuits.

The unreleased documents show that NASA was able to find electronics failures, which could cause unintended acceleration. Per The Safety Record, these research efforts were heavily influenced by Toyota and limited in scope. In fact, more of the research has yet to be revealed.

These are bold claims by Safety Research & Strategies, and you can read its findings by heading to SR&S website. This new report could spell serious trouble for the automaker, if the allegations are found to be accurate.


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          Renaurd
          • 3 Years Ago
          Toyota will disappear first.
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        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        Thank You there are way too many Toyota butt sniffers and butt kissers on this site.
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          @Renaurd
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      fudunk69
      • 3 Years Ago
      We get it Autoblog, you hate Toyota.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they're all user errors by old and stupid people.
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          Right, what a joke. Sean Kane is a paid-for advocate of the plaintiffs' bar. He is directly employed by the same lawyers who are suing Toyota. "Watchdog group", my ass.
          Renaurd
          • 3 Years Ago
          jpwillie is an idiot, why don't you crawl out of Toyota butt and take a breath of fresh air.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The plaintiffs' bar funds Sean Kane and his organization. Kane is being paid by the same lawyers pursuing a mammoth multibillion dollar lawsuit against Toyota based on the ridiculous premise that electronic bugs are causing Toyotas to speed out of control. They spent a ton of money last year lobbying NHTSA and the Department of Transportation, hoping to get the report to line up on their side. When the report went the other way, they immediately shifted gears and began attacking it because it destroys their case.
          DB
          • 3 Years Ago
          Renaurd: Sean Kane admitted in front of congress, after trying to avoid the question, that his work was in fact paid for by the lawyers suing Toyota. From the House record: Mr. Buyer:...You would nonetheless like to acknowledge five attorneys who sponsored some of your research into sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. You then go on to list the five firms. What does the word "sponsored" mean? Mr. Kane: Let me tell you that ‐‐ Mr. Buyer: No, what does the word "sponsored" mean? Mr. Kane: The word "sponsor" means we have done work for these folks to represent the victims ‐‐ Mr. Buyer: How much have you been paid by these firms? Mr. Kane: Frankly, I have not a lot of calculation on that, but what I can tell you is ‐‐ ... Mr. Buyer: You don't know how much lawyers are paying you with regard to your report? Of these five attorneys who have sponsored your research, how many of these law firms right now are suing Toyota? Mr. Kane: I believe every one of them. They represent the voice of a victim in the problem that we are dealing with today. We are informed by those victims...
          Renaurd
          • 3 Years Ago
          A complete lie, you have no clue what you are talking about.
        Dest
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nope. Just the lawyers suing Toyota. I'm not even joking.
        Temple
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's funded ny lawyers, actually. These "reports" are designed to be used in court to discredit the NHTSA findings by lawyers suing Toyota. There are literally hundreds of millions to be made suing Toyota.
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota plays fast and loose with the truth and you fanboys eat it up.
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        @Renaurd
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          And you, Mr. Kane, continue to practice your deception on the motoring public by pretending to be an unbiased watchdog, when, in fact, you are a paid advocate for attorneys suing Toyota.
      gork
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only problem for them is, as soon as the "fix" was announced and the NHTSA / NASA report exonerated Toyota, we haven't heard a peep from people suffering from unintended acceleration. If the problem was electronic or deeply embedded in hardware, the problem would continue on unabated, considering there are lots of vehicles that were affected by the recall for gas pedal stickiness / carpets.
        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gork
        Part of the recall was re-flashing the ECUs to put in a brake-override, something that Toyota didn't do before. If there were any electronic causes for SUA, it should be easier to avert now.
          DB
          • 3 Years Ago
          @axiomatik
          Unfortunately, brake-override only works when you actually press on the brake. If, as has been suspected, many of these cases involve the driver hitting the wrong pedal, the brake override won't do anything. I'd hate to say it, but companies probably need to start adding "brake pedal" and "gas pedal" indicator lamps next to the turn signal and transmission lamps to let customers know what pedal they are pushing.
        Mike K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gork
        You havent heard about them because no one is going to pursue a case given the NHTSA/NASA findings, regardless of their validity. Lawyers dont take cases they don't think they can win.
        ImUrOBGYN
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gork
        Ditto. Was just about to post the same. Also, informative post Robert.
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gork
        Oh yes, there have been more reports, the NHTSA/TOYOTA agency, and the media that's jumped back up Toyota's butt just hasn't reported them.
      spw
      • 3 Years Ago
      It should be illegal to be paid by plaintis and to show yourself as "safety watchdog"... Media loves it because it brings them headlines. Sean Kane has been discredited multiple times by everyone, at the end, even the media... Yet Jeff works really hard not to mention who actually is behind the report.
        Quentin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @spw
        Yeah, pretty disappointing, Autoblog. I'd expect that you would update the post... particularly since this "watchdog group" has a dog in the fight.
      Dest
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHY does the media getting its stories from this group and its fraudster-leader Sean Kane? Seriously, in nearly every story bashing Toyota over these recalls, Sean Kane is quoted. The group is known to be involved in several of these lawsuits for god's sakes!
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dest
        If you want to talk about fraud, lets talk about that rats nest in Japan.
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stop saying that the NASA report "concluded that Toyota's electronic systems were not to blame for cases of unintended acceleration". THAT IS FALSE. The NASA report stated that they were unable to identify a specific cause. That is not the same as exonerating the system. In fact, the if you were to actually read the report, it clearly states that the NASA investigation cannot conclusively rule out the possibility that the SUA was caused by the electronic throttle system. Just because you can't find a smoking gun doesn't mean that someone wasn't murdered. (before everyone jumps on me, I'm not trying to insinuate that Toyota "murdered" anyone here, I'm just using an analogy). I'm tired of seeing the media misrepresent the results of the NASA study. Those of you that keep writing this obviously have no engineering background. These are complicated systems, used in a million different situations, in various states or maintenance, by millions of users over billions of miles.
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        @axiomatik
        OK, what part of this comment by Ray LaHood don't you understand? “We enlisted the best and brightest engineers to study Toyota’s electronics systems, and the verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas."
          Renaurd
          • 3 Years Ago
          Ray LaHood's mouth is no prayerbook, he wanted this to end and so he took the easy way out, even if it meant throwing all these families off the bridge. It's not the first time government officials have lied to stop an investigation and it won't be the last.
          axiomatik
          • 3 Years Ago
          Did I mention Ray LaHood? Did I say Autoblog misrepresented what LaHood said? No. The fact of the matter is Ray LaHood also misrepresented the results of the NASA investigation. I am sure the investigators were cringing when they heard his press conference. Ray LaHood is no engineer.
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I owned stock in Toyota, I'd be selling it double-quick: Toyota traded their product focus for an emphasis on sales long ago. That MO, not quality, leads to non-stop spin, tinkering with reports and other ways of generating trouble. To me, they've got a serious organizational problem that makes them an untrustworthy brand. However this plays out, it's clear they still need a fundamental (and overdue) reorganization to get their house in order.
        P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @P
        Stunning -- A look at the comments here an elsewhere just now reveals that Toyota's defenders are in reality hired PR and paid "social media" spinners. Does no one at Toyota understand how much worse this is making their problems? Seriously, how much deeper are they going to dig themselves?
          Dest
          • 3 Years Ago
          @P
          And how much did Sean Kane pay you? Robert F posted some really good information about why Sean Kane and his group are not to be trusted. Why don't you address that instead of calling everyone shills out of paranoia?
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        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        Someone should remove the internet connection from your parents basement.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will throttlegate ever end?
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        When Toyota has killed half of America.
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