Thursday, July 01, 2010

U.S. Regulators Report Finding No Electronic Defects in Toyota Vehicles

By Josh Mitchell, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- U.S. regulators have yet to find any electronic defects in Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) vehicles, a U.S. vehicle-safety official reiterated Wednesday, as a scientific panel began studying potential causes of unintended acceleration.

Some members of Congress, consumer advocates and product-liability lawyers have suggested that engine electronics may have played a role in problems that led Toyota to recall more than 8 million vehicles globally for sudden- acceleration and gas-pedal problems. Those critics have questioned the adequacy of efforts by Toyota and government regulators to study electronics.

"We have not actually been able to find a defect of electronic-throttle- control systems" in Toyota cars, said Dan Smith of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speaking before a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

He said regulators have only been able to identify two causes of the Toyota problems--floormat entrapment of the gas pedals and pedals that are slow to return to idle.

The academy is undertaking a broad study of unintended acceleration and will eventually offer recommendations on how regulators should improve their ability to set standards and identify defects.

Smith said his agency hasn't ruled out the possibility of electronic defects and that investigations are ongoing. NHTSA is working with NASA engineers to study the Toyota recalls, including possible electronics defects.

NHTSA chief David Strickland told the academy panel that unintended acceleration is a problem that affects all major car manufacturers.

"Complaints of unintended acceleration are not--repeat not--exclusive to Toyota," Strickland said.

-By Josh Mitchell, Dow Jones Newswires; 202-862-6637; joshua.mitchell@ dowjones.com (END) Dow Jones Newswires
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2 comments:

Britton said...

I figured as much. I only wish I were in the market for a car; I bet you can get Toyotas on the cheap nowadays!

Joe White said...

Audi had the same thing happen to them 30 years ago. Idiot drivers blaming their vehicles when they are the ones at fault.