Report: NHTSA to Investigate Electric Interference from Cell Phones as Possible Cause of Unintended Acceleration

Report: NHTSA to Investigate Electric Interference from Cell Phones as Possible Cause of Unintended Acceleration

Only yesterday the AutoGuide team was discussing the fact that with all the recent Toyota recalls, the next thing to be recalled might be the automaker’s Prius iPhone App. Well, truth may be stranger than fiction as the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has now said it will look into whether electronic interference from cell phones could be the cause of unintended acceleration issues with several Toyota models.

Electromagnetic interference, or EMI, has become a concern as electronic gadgets have become a part of every day life. At the same time, cars have become increasingly reliant on electrical, rather than mechanical, components. It has been suggested that the issue over Toyota’s “unintended acceleration” problem could be due to electronic interference and not a mechanical fault as many modern vehicles use electronic throttle sensors, rather than a mechanical system where a pushing the gas pedal actuates a wire than opens the engine’s throttlebody.

Fear over electrical interference is what has prompted airlines to ask passengers to turn off electrical equipment.

Toyota currently has a recall out for 2.3 million vehicles due to what it calls a potentially faulty mechanical brake pedal. The recall includes the 2009-2010 RAV4, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 Camry, 2010 Highlander, 2007-2010 Tundra and 2008-2010 Sequoia.

See more Toyota recall news at the AutoGuide Toyota Recall News Hub.

[Source: Wall Street Journal]

  • Warnin

    Wow! Can it be that Toyota is ahead of the curve and killing off the idiots who talk on their cell phone and text while driving, before they kill the rest of us with their neglect.

  • Lorri Pritts

    Ok i am writing to you all whom have a Chevy Cobalt I just got off of the phone with The head office for GM and anyone who has this car (Chevy cobalt with power steering problems) you may never get your car fixed they say they have recall out there for theses cars but dont believe them I think they just said they have a recall to make it look good on them When I called she told me there is no recall on my Chevy 2006 cobalt with a power steering problem and there might never be a recall for my car I called and made a complant with NHTSA I Called 1-800-327-4236 in September of 09 and explained the problem i was having so I am one of the ones who had a complaint with them and now they are telling me nothing is on the list for my car that is a bunch of bull sh— excuse my language but i am pissed i believe they announced the recall to shut everyone up This is not it with me I will have to see what a lawyer thinks of the whole deal and then i am contacting the news to see what can be done and if nothing then i will get rid of my cobalt and buy something more dependable (FORD) always bought chevys but it looks like im due for a change

  • rubens

    I bought a honda fit one year ago and my wife suffered an accident when has lost the control of the Electric Steering. The vehicle was totally destroyed and it has suspicion of mechanical fail of the Steering bar. I made a claim to honda regional, but they have not given attention to me. I think that it could be caused by EMI because the accident occurred next to high voltage eletric line.