Toyota Unintended Acceleration Report Exonerates Electronics

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

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]

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  • Chip Chip on Aug 08, 2011

    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 Bob on Dec 09, 2011

    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. M