No evidence of throttle failure in fixed cars, says Toyota

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

There is no evidence of failure in the electronic throttle system or the fixes, according to Toyota Motor Corp.'s partial review of complaints of unintended acceleration after vehicles were repaired. More than 6 million Toyota vehicles in the U.S. were recalled due to loose floor mats that can jam the accelerator and gas pedals that do not spring back as designed.

Toyota revealed that as of this week, more than 1 million cars had been fixed. Nevertheless, U.S. regulators continue to review over 60 complaints, claiming that the problem remains and that the fixes made on the recalled vehicles had not resolved the issue.

Koji Endo, auto analyst at Advanced Research Japan, said that this dispute will take some time to settle since it can't be determined right away if there really are still problems with the cars.

He expressed dismay that the Toyota brand's reputation would be tarnished further with customers filing lawsuits one after another.

In a statement, the U.S sales unit of Toyota divulged that an evaluation of the cars and the subsequent interviews to their owners found no evidence of problems with the electronic throttle. Toyota also said that there are no more problems seen in the brake override system.

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