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 |  Feb 08 2011, 3:41 PM

An investigation by NASA has cleared Toyota‘s electronics systems of causing the unintended acceleration phenomenon that was widely reported in 2010.

The Department of Transportation, who oversaw the investigation, released a statement claiming “NASA engineers found no electronic flaws in Toyota vehicles capable of producing the large throttle openings required to create dangerous high-speed unintended acceleration incidents.”

Although the report effectively vindicates Toyota’s claims that they were not at fault, the damage to the brand has been done, and is undoubtedly severe. Toyota recalled 8 million vehicles due to the scandal and paid nearly $50 million in regulatory fines.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]

  • import power

    yup see………was a scandal after all. was exactly what my friends and i was saying when this BS started about the Toyota brand. how the heck does the best vehicles in the world come to this conclusion. you fight for what you know is right. in the end, lots of salty shoulders. it’s time to brush the salt off your shoulders now…haters…………

  • PAT PRUSS

    I FELL THE US GOVT OWES TOYOTA A HUGE TELEVISED APOLOGY TO LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THAT THIS WAS A HUGE SCAM TO HELP PROMOTE GM SALES AS THEY WERE IN DIRE NEED OF SOME TYPE OF BAILOUT THEY,THE AMERICAN GOVT OWES THIS TO TOYOTA CORP,WHO EMPLOYS ALOT OF AMRICAN PEOPLE STEP UP TO THE PLATE U.S GOVT I WILL CONTINUE TO PURCHASE ONLY TOYOTA

  • coolfixit

    you have no proof! actual americans died you fool, and toyota still did not humble their self enough over this nor did they react quick enough!the only thing this govt. owes toyota is a kick in the right area and send the theiven bastards back to their own island and kill their own people with their own manufactured junk, then just maybe they will be quick to fix their junk before it kills to many of their people!do you suppose that maybe if all those people that work at toyota could get on with G.M. if they had the market void if toyota was closed down, persay or all the other manufactures would be stepping up work forces at that point ,man you are are a dumbass!!! and as for you always buying a toyota from here on out,shame on you for letting our U.S. dollars support other countrys and communitys when we are in such dire need to be supporting one another in times of need or recession!!!! hope you come to your senses or just move out of our beautiful America!!!!

  • amped

    American cars have very bad quality. Out of the top 5 “most recalls” car companies, majority of them are American cars. Now why would someone in their right mind waste on junk like that. You’re calling Toyota out on “killing americans”. Ever heard of the axle recalls made on the Ford Windstar just the past year. Those problems are a lot worse and more dangerous. Not only that Ford isn’t even trying to fix the problem. They’re trying to buy back the old windstars to hide the problem and offering the people really low buy back amounts.

  • Dave

    Obama & the elected officials who publicly drug Toyota’s name in the mud (for the sake of GM)should hold a prime time press conference to declare how ignorant they were in the handling of this issue.

  • Chip

    NASA experts? Believe me the power surge even happens in the newer Avalon going 3 mph, and without having your foot on the pedal. Toyota Hdq. is difficult to deal with; and you must wait a lengthy period for a regional rep. to arrive at the dealership to determine any outcome. The dealership can not make the call on its own. When applying the brakes, the car feels like it wants to continue forward. It’s not the rpm idle speed being high. Once, it was extremely rough when I started it. I turned it off and started it just fine. The cause appears to be a computer malfunction. But, I’m not a NASA expert. An acquaintance of mine had his Tacoma go through his garage. Toyota accepted no blame. It’s hard to believe that he was at fault. It’s a scary existing scenerio. I still had a warranty on my Avalon when I downsized and traded it to a competitor dealership. Toyota is not worthy of my patronage.

  • Bob

    I have a Tacoma that took of from a dead stop after I was sitting and idling reading a book….Trust me believe when I tell you this..If you drive a Toyota you better practice hitting neutral as fast as possible. My brakes would not stop the truck for 40 feet….and 8000$ in damage was done to the undercarriage.

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