From: Ret. on 12 Aug 2010 03:20
It was a panic that sparked the worldwide recall of eight million cars.
But the crisis over faulty accelerator pedals at Toyota may not have been
nearly as bad as feared, an official report has claimed.
The US Transportation Department's probe into the incident has found that in
more than half the cases drivers were probably to blame by pressing the
Engineers found only one instance where an accelerator pedal became trapped
under a floor mat, and none in which a pedal became stuck or sprang back too
The findings will bolster Toyota's claims that its systems were sound
despite thousands of accidents and dozens of deaths being linked to problems
with its cars.
The company, which is the largest car maker in the world, recalled
8.5million Toyota and Lexus vehicles earlier this year over various problems
such as, 'sticky' accelerators, faulty braking systems and dangerous floor
The majority of the cars affected were in the US but drivers in the Britain
also reported 90mph smashes due to their vehicles revving uncontrollably.
The investigation by engineers at the USTD, who examined the 'black box'
recorders on 58 of the affected vehicles involving 93 deaths, painted a very
different picture The preliminary findings suggest that electronics were not
to blame and that drivers were simply pressing the accelerator instead of
In 35 of the 58 cases the data showed the brakes had not been applied,
suggesting the wrong pedal was pressed.