NHTSA Finally Acknowledges Finding No Fault With Toyota Throttles
After nearly a month of denials and anonymous statements, a NHTSA official reported to congress yesterday. From Automotive News (subscription required):
Brakes weren’t applied by drivers of Toyota vehicles in at least 35 of 58 crashes blamed on unintended acceleration, U.S. auto-safety regulators said after studying data recorders.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also saw no evidence of electronics-related causes for the accidents in reviewing the vehicle recorders, known as black boxes, the agency said today in a report to lawmakers.
…“At this early point in its investigation, NHTSA officials have drawn no conclusions about additional causes of unintended acceleration in Toyotas beyond the two defects already known — pedal entrapment and sticking gas pedals,”
Finally, the truth comes out, and we know who was lying about this data three weeks ago, and we know that Toyota’s throttles – as we have said all along – are just fine. Driver error is to blame.
What’s Next For Toyota
While this report is great news, sadly, it’s not seen as “proof” in the eyes of many so-called safety advocates. Rather than accept the facts:
- Toyota has never found a flaw in their system despite multiple internal studies. Toyota’s latest study analyzed the data recorders of more than 4,000 vehicles that supposedly ran away. In all 4,000 cases, the driver had their foot on the wrong pedal.
- NHTSA has studied Toyota’s electronic throttle systems on at least three separate occasions, and never found a flaw.
- Toyota suppliers have studied the electronics many times – no flaws found.
- The National Academy of Sciences
…all of them couldn’t find a problem with Toyota’s electronics. While Toyota DID have a problem with sticking pedals and floor mat entrapment, there has never been a documented incident of a Toyota with an electronic throttle problem.
Of course, the LA Times reporters who “broke” this “story” about runaway Toyotas and alleged electronics problems (see “Data Points to Toyota’s Throttles, Not Floormats“) are no where to be found right now. When a reporter gets something so incredibly WRONG that they cause a national panic, destroy billions of dollars in stock value, and subject a company and it’s employees to ridicule, the least they could do is acknowledge some fault.
Instead, these two “gentleman” won an award. Shameful.
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