Interest in Toyota Surges as Report Clears Electronics in Unintended Acceleration Cases

Interest in Toyota Surges as Report Clears Electronics in Unintended Acceleration Cases

Toyota hasn’t had the best run of luck in the past little while, but the automaker may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The Japanese automaker is seeing a surge in popularity, just two days after NASA engineers cleared the company of electronic flaws in its throttle control system.

It’s been a long 10-month investigation into causes of unintended acceleration in Toyota Motor Corp., and the verdict is in – NASA reports that the vehicles were free of electronic problems. The culprits, they stated, were due to floormat interference and sticky gas pedals, as well as drivers mistaking the accelerator for the brake.

But not everybody is convinced with the findings. Safety advocates and plaintiff attorneys are calling the study inconclusive and plan to continue to sue Toyota over unintended acceleration. Regardless, when NASA gave Toyota the big thumbs up, the automaker saw a big lift in the public’s esteem of the brand.  Once Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s announced that Toyota vehicles “are safe to drive,” the company’s popularity started to rise.

Does the NASA report make you feel any safer driving a Toyota? Are you more or less likely to buy a Toyota vehicle now that the Transportation Secretary has announced that they are safe to drive? Let us know in the comment section below.

[Source: Autonews]

  • BJones

    Judging by NASA’s own track record of aborted shuttle launches, and other pesky gremlin issues I won’t exactly be taking NASA engineers’ seal of approval at face value. I’m still wary of Toyota’s unintended acceleration problem.

  • Mikey

    I still don’t trust my family with a Toyota. With so many good cars out there why would I risk my hard earned money on a product that “might” be safe.

  • nate k

    I felt safe before and after the NASA report, and I would own any Toyota model made regardless of what the NHTSA secretary says. This black period for Toyota will make them stronger. They will be quicker to release safety recalls and improve quality down the road.

  • Bradket Reed

    Comments one and two are good indicators of people who only watch the nightly news and do not investigate the problem. If investigation had occured they would know that Toyota is the safest non-luxury brand in the world with report rates much lower than the Big Three or its other rivals. Audi, the supposed poster boy for safety, has more reported issues from consumers on a per vehicle basis than does Toyota.
    The cars are safe, the problem is people who won’t recognize their own limitations and drive beyond them.

  • Sammy Edge

    I bought a new 2011 toyota corolla and it surges going down the road. Butler Toyota told me they know it has a problem but toyota hasn’t designed a software to fix it yet. Why did they sell me this car with a problem and why are they still selling these cars with a problem and not telling the buyers about it. This is just not fair at all. I want my car fixed or just give me my money back. Is that asking to much?

  • Dan Lemley

    I bought a 2011 Toyota Corolla. It also surges going down the road.

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