No evidence of electronic throttle linked to acceleration flaw, says Toyota

Article by Christian A., on October 5, 2010

In a review conducted by Toyota Motors Corp. on 4,200 individual acceleration-related complaints, no evidence has been found that supports the claim that its electronic throttle control caused unintended acceleration, according to Steve St. Angelo, Toyota's North American chief quality officer.

In a conference call, St. Angelo said that Toyota’s engineers and technicians have studied more than 4,000 US vehicles and has not found a single case in which electronics would lead to sudden unintended acceleration.

Several media members and safety advocates have asserted that Toyota's electronic throttle-control system is a factor in sudden acceleration. However, Toyota continues to deny this allegation.

In a statement, Toyota said that customer complaints of sudden-acceleration incidents have plunged by 80% since April. Toyota said that it has installed brake-override control to 84% of Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles that are now on sale in the US.

In fact, Toyota will be the first manufacturer to offer the safety technology throughout its lineup. If the accelerator gets stuck, this software makes sure that the accelerator is shut off when the brake pedal is pressed.

Toyota revealed that so far, it has completed about 5 million recall-related repairs to repair sticky gas pedals and replace floor mats at risk of jamming the accelerator. [via autonews - sub. required]

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