Federal probe on Toyota’s unintended acceleration cases still ongoing

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 2, 2010

The results of the investigation on the unintended acceleration cases that Toyota Motor Corp. has been involved in were supposed to be released this fall in the US but we’ve now learned that the probe has yet to be completed.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland told reporters in Washington that the review initiated by two US agencies is ongoing and that they still have to “tie up loose ends.”

About eight months ago, space agency NASA started to examine reports of unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. Toyota has so far recalled over 8 million cars and trucks worldwide for defects – the largest ever recall announced by a carmaker.

Several US congressional hearings also took place to determine how the defects happened. In late March, the US Transportation Department, which includes NHTSA, said that Toyota accelerator pedals and electronic vehicle controls would be examined by NASA engineers.

John Hanson, a spokesman for Toyota's US unit, said that the NHTSA has yet to inform them of the timing of this report. A separate review by the National Research Council, part of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Sciences, is also being conducted.

Last March, the NHTSA said that this probe will be wrapped up in about 18 months. Back then, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the NASA probe would likely be finished earlier than the research council review. [via autonews - sub. required]

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