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 Post subject: Toyota sudden acceleration debunked
PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:22 pm 
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Officially.

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Toyota was hardly blameless for sudden-acceleration incidents that led to an unprecedented recall of 11 million vehicles worldwide. But the company was correct that its troubles were caused by sticky accelerator pedals and trapped floor mats — confirmed by NHTSA today — not “gremlins” in the electronics.

“The jury is back. The verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas. Period,” said LaHood in a prepared statement.

That’s a far cry from his panicked statement a year ago that Toyotas were “unsafe” to drive — a gross error that he should pay for with his job in the wake of today’s report.


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota sudden acceleration debunked
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:51 am 
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I bet if I bothered to look, I'd find we all called that.


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota sudden acceleration debunked
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:23 pm 
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When is Ray LaHood going to apologize to Toyota?


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota sudden acceleration debunked
PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:32 am 
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Eboy wrote:
When is Ray LaHood going to apologize to Toyota?


lol. are you insane? While he may be appointed, he's still a politician.

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To help answer this question, we enlisted the top engineers at NASA with expertise in computer controlled electronic systems, electromagnetic interference and software integrity. They worked shoulder to shoulder with the best minds in auto safety at the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) to help get to the bottom of any electronic causes of unintended acceleration.

And today we have heard clearly and affirmatively that NHTSA, America’s traffic safety organization, was right all along.


http://fastlane.dot.gov/2011/02/nhtsa-n ... ation.html

Utter and complete disconnect with reality.


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota sudden acceleration debunked
PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:07 am 
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We will research placement and design of vehicle accelerator and brake pedals, as well as driver usage of pedals, to determine whether we can reduce pedal misapplication. We will begin broad research on the reliability and security of electronic control systems.

And, we are considering proposing rules by the end of 2011 requiring brake override systems, standardized keyless ignition systems, and event data recorders in all passenger vehicles.


So they admit under their breath that people might also be pressing the wrong pedals, but we need several new electronic safety measures to address a non-existent electronics problem. :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Toyota sudden acceleration debunked
PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:18 am 
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Is this to compensate for the 10% of drivers (*) who drive with one foot on the accelerator and one foot on the brake?

(*) My estimate (40% of taxi drivers)

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 Post subject: Re: Toyota sudden acceleration debunked
PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:55 pm 
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Runaway Hysteria

Author Michael Fumento discusses the Toyota "runaway acceleration" mass hysteria, comparing it to to the Adam Walsh stranger kidnapping case and McMartin Preschool. He blames MSM and the federal government for the scare and calls it a "mediagenic illness". The NHTSA maintains a database of complaints that was heavily mined by the news media during the scare; Fumento notes that the NHTSA doesn't edit or cull entries, merely presenting them as received; as a result the database includes entries for a sudden acceleration accidents in Toyotas that occurred before the model in question was manufactured and others that involved more passengers than the car could possibly carry. The Washington Post printed a bar chart that showed Toyota as having the most sudden acceleration complaints of six car manufacturers; the chart had been edited from NHTSA data to eliminate the four manufacturers with more complaints than Toyota. His final note is that even though Toyota paid a fine in a settlement, it was for making "deceptive statements", not for any actual vehicle defects.


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