Last year, Edmunds asked its readership to recreate a mechanical or electrical cause of sudden unintended acceleration of the kind that allegedly plagued Toyota in 2009 and 2010. The prize for coming up with verifiable proof of mechanical failure causing SUA was a cool $1 million dollars. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that contest just concluded without a winner.
Over the course of the year, Edmunds readers were unable to come up with proof that a mechanical or electrical fault caused the accidents that led to Toyota's drastic recall. That backs up NASA's finding that absolved Toyota of any wrongdoing. With mechanical failure ruled out as a viable cause of SUA, we're left with an uncomfortable thought: Short of those dealing with binding floor mats or those sticky recalled pedals, driver error was almost certainly the culprit for the flurry of unintended acceleration claims.



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      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, it was a nothing situation that cost Toyota BILLIONS of dollars in recall costs and lost revenue all because people weren't able to admit that they can't drive. Wow. And the realization of the truth isn't even a page 10 story. It's an Autoblog story. I normally don't care about corporations, but this doesn't seem fair.
      CarGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL...the 'thumbs up" rating gives you a 'negative' number....
      Michael Feng
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should I claim the prize? I found the true cause, "stepping on the wrong pedal".
      Teefer
      • 3 Years Ago
      one can't help but be suspicious about wether the whole story was just targeted mainly to make a dent (more like a hole) in toyota's armor.to provide a chance for US car manufacturers to grab as big a share of the toyota-phobic crowd as they could. Especially considering the timing when it all broke out ,which was shortly after the financial crisis hit,and the big three were at risk of going under,so they needed all the help they could get.So such a story certainly didn't hurt..
        Phillip Gua the Fat
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Teefer
        Chrysler is Fiat now. Last I checked, Fiat is Italian, not American.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Teefer
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        iRate
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Teefer
        There is no grand conspiracy against Toyota. Nobody forced them to hide behind hidden recalls and fail to report problems in a timely manner. Nobody forced them to make generally shoddy products that even long-time cheerleader Consumer Reports couldn't recommend.
          kA
          • 3 Years Ago
          @iRate
          That's the thing, though. What exactly were the hiding? From a purely rational point-of-view, they had claims that they were unable to reproduce internally (without doing extremely unlikely tricks). Why issue a recall if they couldn't verify the problem?
      Jesus follower!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I will never believe something is not wrong with those cars. Toyota knows what it is too.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jesus follower!
        So you believe something is wrong with Toyota but you decided its best not to prove it. Wow you really are a Jesus follower.
          EnzoHonda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David
          He hath the faith! If he believes something is wrong, that's good enough. Don't let science and research get in the way.
      m
      • 3 Years Ago
      No kidding it was driver error. That was clear from the start. That's a risk you run by making some of the most unexciting but reliable cars available. The people that buy them are going to tend to be people that want to put as little thought into a car as possible. The people that don't think about cars are exactly the people that are probably going to forget or never bother to learn to drive one. Seems obvious to me. There was never any evidence of a serious problem with the cars. Other than being marketed to bad drivers.
      Greenlightracer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, how much is Toyota paying you Autoblog? Terrible journalism.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      It happend to audi, then toyota, who is next for some unintended acceleration accusations?
      Greenlightracer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow how much is Toyota paying you Autoblog? Terrible journalism.
      caddy-v
      • 3 Years Ago
      Numerous have found the cause, unfortunately, they probably all died in the ensuing crash!
      wtrmlnjuc
      • 3 Years Ago
      dear america: make it mandatory that all drivers retake their driving tests within the next 5 years, just to see who can actually drive.
      • 3 Years Ago
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