A new report from the The Wall Street Journal
claims that the Department of Transportation is blocking the release of National Highway Transportation Safety Administration findings on the Toyota
unintended acceleration issues. According to the article, NHTSA
has compiled all the relevant information and written a report on its findings, but George Pearson, the former head of the agency's recall division, says that he was told that the Transportation Department doesn't want the information released. Why? Pearson didn't say, but the Journal
seems to think that the information could add fuel to the argument that NHTSA
is too close to automakers.
Meanwhile, the Transportation Department says that the report is incomplete, and that it will take more time to properly review all of the data associated with the issue. Pearson, on the other hand, claims that the report shows that in the majority of unintended acceleration cases, the vehicle's black boxes clearly indicated that the accelerator was depressed and the brake pedal was not. That means that the cases could be chalked up to driver error – something that would serve to vindicate Toyota
. Thanks for the tip, MKIV!
[Source: The Wall Street Journal