It’s the war of the unreleased documents. Days after a former NHTSA chief accused the NHTSA of burying evidence that shows that driver error was the cause in 23 out of 23 cases, ABC has the story that Toyota knew long ago how to cause sudden unintended acceleration in their cars, and failed to tell everybody how to go about it.
ABC’s source: Plaintiff’s lawyers who have Toyota in U.S. District Court in Southern California. The charge: Forty Toyota owners claim that cases of sudden unintended acceleration have caused them financial harm by reducing the resale values of their cars.
According to the suit, “Toyota failed to disclose that its own technicians often replicated SUA events without driver error.” How it’s done is still murky.
When contacted by ABC News, Toyota would not comment on the documents that allegedly show the company’s technicians and dealers confirming sudden acceleration incidents. In reference to the class-action lawsuit, however, a Toyota spokesperson said, “To date, plaintiffs have not cited a specific cause that would support their claim of a defect in Toyota’s Electronic Throttle Control System.”
ABC is not a disinterested party in that matter. Ever since the David Gilbert / Brian Ross debacle, ABC has been the news outlet of choice for supposedly incriminating Toyota evidence – and has the black and blue eyes to prove it. The story appeared on Brian Ross’s blotter which has turned into a Toyota attack-page. Someone is desperately trying to redeem himself.