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http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2010-07-14-toyota14_ST_N.htm?csp=hfThe U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of data recorders from Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles involved in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration and found that at the time of the crashes, throttles were wide open and the brakes were not engaged, people familiar with the findings said.
The results suggest that some drivers who said their Toyota and Lexus vehicles surged out of control were mistakenly flooring the accelerator when they intended to jam on the brakes. But the findings don’t exonerate Toyota from two known issues blamed for sudden acceleration in its vehicles: sticky accelerator pedals and floor mats that can trap accelerator pedals to the floor...
...NHTSA has received more than 3,000 complaints of sudden acceleration in Toyotas, including some dating to early last decade, according to a report the agency compiled in March. The incidents include 75 fatal crashes involving 93 deaths.
However, NHTSA has been able to verify only one of those fatal crashes was caused by a problem with the vehicle, according to information the agency provided to the National Academy of Sciences. That accident last Aug. 28, which killed a California highway patrolman and three passengers in a Lexus, was traced to a floor mat that trapped the gas pedal in the depressed position.
Confirms what I've always thought about the whole Toyota witch hunt in the media, overblown sensationalism. Toyotas aren't exactly known for "rapid acceleration", and the brakes on any modern car can easily overpower the throttle at WOT. Also confirms what I've always thought about Toyota drivers, they don't know how to drive.In what could turn into a repeat of the infamous Audi 5000 case more than two decades ago, driver error, not the vehicle, appears to be the cause of a number of Toyota unintended acceleration cases.
A government analysis of vehicle data has found people were mashing the gas pedal and not the brake at the time, according to a person with knowledge of the data who did not want to be identified because the information is not yet public...
...Toyota spokesman John Hanson said the automaker hadn't seen NHTSA's data, but "certainly, pedal misapplication" is among issues the company has discovered in its own investigations of more than 3,000 reports of unintended acceleration.