Drivers At Fault In So-Called Sudden Acceleration Toyotas, NHTSA Says

  • metta

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    Jul 15, 2010 6:23 PM GMT


    This reminds me of what the media did to Audi.

    Drivers At Fault In So-Called Sudden Acceleration Toyotas, NHTSA Says

    http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1047137_drivers-at-fault-in-so-called-sudden-acceleration-toyotas-nhtsa-says
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    Jul 15, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    I wouldn't drive a Toyota if you handed it to me on a silver platter.

    ...That said, a handful of cases may have been due to oversize or improperly fitted floor mats in Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The company is now working through millions of vehicles to shorten and modify their accelerator pedals to alleviate the potential for such a problem.

    That was the conclusion of the investigation into a notorious crash last August, in which a California Highway Patrol officer and three other [family] passengers were killed when their Lexus accelerated out of control, crashed, flipped over, and burned.

    That case is the only one out of more than 3,000 complaints in which the NHTSA has concluded the vehicle was at fault.
  • rnch

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    Jul 15, 2010 6:39 PM GMT
    metta8 said

    This reminds me of what the media did to Audi.

    Drivers At Fault In So-Called Sudden Acceleration Toyotas, NHTSA Says

    http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1047137_drivers-at-fault-in-so-called-sudden-acceleration-toyotas-nhtsa-says



    just as i expected!

    my parents owned an audi 5000 in the dim 1980's....neither them or I EVER experienced the "unintended acceleration" syndrone of this much maligned car while driving over 129K on this fine car.

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    Jul 15, 2010 7:31 PM GMT

    I don't think that I'm particularly cynical or unreasonable, but I can't help thinking that the uncontrolled acceleration in Toyotas has something to do with the cars' electronics. I'm not sure what it would take to convince me otherwise. When I read that in some cases the brakes weren't applied, my thought is that the drivers were perhaps to shocked to apply them. Is it just me?
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    Jul 15, 2010 8:34 PM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle said
    I don't think that I'm particularly cynical or unreasonable, but I can't help thinking that the uncontrolled acceleration in Toyotas has something to do with the cars' electronics. I'm not sure what it would take to convince me otherwise. When I read that in some cases the brakes weren't applied, my thought is that the drivers were perhaps to shocked to apply them. Is it just me?
    Shitty floor mats were making the gas pedal stick.
    And the article mentions the "shock" theory, which could easily be true in many cases.
    As for the rest, I'd like the see the computer results for myself before believing that all those people were at fault.