The Truth About Cars » Unintended Acceleration http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:27:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Junkyard Find: 1990 Audi 100 Quattro Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/junkyard-find-1990-audi-100-quattro-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/junkyard-find-1990-audi-100-quattro-sedan/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1256105 The C3 Audi 100 was sold in the United States badged as an Audi 5000 … until the “unintended acceleration” nightmare nearly killed Audi in North America and the company decided, after a few years of abysmal sales numbers, to go ahead and call this car the 100 over here. Because so few were sold, […]

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The C3 Audi 100 was sold in the United States badged as an Audi 5000 … until the “unintended acceleration” nightmare nearly killed Audi in North America and the company decided, after a few years of abysmal sales numbers, to go ahead and call this car the 100 over here. Because so few were sold, […]

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A Case of Unintended Acceleration; Why Some Drivers Panic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/case-unintended-acceleration-drivers-panic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/case-unintended-acceleration-drivers-panic/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1201537 I recently did something stupid that put me in a dangerous situation, but it taught me a lot. Ever since the days of the Audi 5000’s unintended acceleration issue (yes, grasshopper, Toyota wasn’t the first automaker to face the matter), I’ve wondered something. Even if the problem really is a mechanical or electronic defect causing the acceleration […]

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I recently did something stupid that put me in a dangerous situation, but it taught me a lot. Ever since the days of the Audi 5000’s unintended acceleration issue (yes, grasshopper, Toyota wasn’t the first automaker to face the matter), I’ve wondered something. Even if the problem really is a mechanical or electronic defect causing the acceleration […]

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Toyota Ordered To Pay $11M In Minnesota Unintended Acceleration Suit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/toyota-ordered-pay-11m-minnesota-unintended-acceleration-suit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/toyota-ordered-pay-11m-minnesota-unintended-acceleration-suit/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=993954 Nine years after a 1996 Camry with an accelerator defect led to a fatal accident in Minnesota, Toyota was found at fault and ordered to pay $11 million. Reuters reports jurors debated the points of three-week-long trial before finding the automaker 60 percent responsible for the deaths of Javis Trice-Adams Sr. and two children when […]

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Nine years after a 1996 Camry with an accelerator defect led to a fatal accident in Minnesota, Toyota was found at fault and ordered to pay $11 million. Reuters reports jurors debated the points of three-week-long trial before finding the automaker 60 percent responsible for the deaths of Javis Trice-Adams Sr. and two children when […]

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Toyota Reportedly Near $1B Settlement of Unintended Acceleration Criminal Probe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/toyota-reportedly-near-1b-settlement-of-unintended-acceleration-criminal-probe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/toyota-reportedly-near-1b-settlement-of-unintended-acceleration-criminal-probe/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=737265 Reuters and The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. and the United States Department of Justice are close to a deal that would resolve a criminal investigation into how it disclosed to government regulators customers’ complaints about unintended acceleration. The Journal is reporting that the settlement would involve Toyota paying as […]

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Reuters and The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. and the United States Department of Justice are close to a deal that would resolve a criminal investigation into how it disclosed to government regulators customers’ complaints about unintended acceleration. The Journal is reporting that the settlement would involve Toyota paying as […]

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California Jury Finds Toyota Not At Fault In Unintended Acceleration Wrongful Death Lawsuit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/california-jury-finds-toyota-not-at-fault-in-unintended-acceleration-wrongful-death-lawsuit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/california-jury-finds-toyota-not-at-fault-in-unintended-acceleration-wrongful-death-lawsuit/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:48:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=621273 A Califonia jury ruled that Toyota Motor Corp was not at fault in a 2009 accident in which 66 year old Noriko Uno was killed when her 2006 Camry ran into a tree after being hit by another car. Uno’s survivors blamed the accident and her death on unintended acceleration and Toyota’s failure to incorporate […]

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A Califonia jury ruled that Toyota Motor Corp was not at fault in a 2009 accident in which 66 year old Noriko Uno was killed when her 2006 Camry ran into a tree after being hit by another car. Uno’s survivors blamed the accident and her death on unintended acceleration and Toyota’s failure to incorporate […]

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Federal Judge Rules Toyota Must Go to Trial in Camry Unexpected Acceleration Lawsuit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/federal-judge-rules-toyota-must-go-to-trial-in-camry-unexpected-acceleration-lawsuit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/federal-judge-rules-toyota-must-go-to-trial-in-camry-unexpected-acceleration-lawsuit/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:52:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=615193 Toyota won two out of four of his decisions, but U.S. District Judge James Selna ruled that Toyota still must go to trial for an unexpected-acceleration case filed in federal court, according to a report by Bloomberg.   Judge Selna threw out manufacturing defect and negligence claims but affirmed his earlier tentative decision to allow […]

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Toyota won two out of four of his decisions, but U.S. District Judge James Selna ruled that Toyota still must go to trial for an unexpected-acceleration case filed in federal court, according to a report by Bloomberg.   Judge Selna threw out manufacturing defect and negligence claims but affirmed his earlier tentative decision to allow […]

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Toyota’s Jim Lentz Testifies in Unintended Acceleration Wrongful Death Suit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/toyotas-jim-lentz-testifies-in-unintended-acceleration-wrongful-death-suit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/toyotas-jim-lentz-testifies-in-unintended-acceleration-wrongful-death-suit/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:09:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=501649 After losing a motion to prevent him from appearing, Toyota Motor Corporation’s CEO for North America, Jim Lentz took the witness stand in a lawsuit filed by the survivors of a woman who was killed when her Camry allegedly sped out of control and hit a tree after it was hit by another car, whose […]

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After losing a motion to prevent him from appearing, Toyota Motor Corporation’s CEO for North America, Jim Lentz took the witness stand in a lawsuit filed by the survivors of a woman who was killed when her Camry allegedly sped out of control and hit a tree after it was hit by another car, whose […]

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First Toyota Unintended Acceleration Wrongful Death Trial Begins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/first-toyota-unintended-acceleration-wrongful-death-trial-begins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/first-toyota-unintended-acceleration-wrongful-death-trial-begins/#comments Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:23:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=498714 The first wrongful death lawsuit concerning the sudden acceleration of Toyota cars to go to trial has started with opening arguments. According to Bloomberg, the lawyer for Noriko Uno’s family said that Toyota knew that their gas pedals could get stuck and that the company was liable for her death because Uno’s 2006 Camry did not […]

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The first wrongful death lawsuit concerning the sudden acceleration of Toyota cars to go to trial has started with opening arguments. According to Bloomberg, the lawyer for Noriko Uno’s family said that Toyota knew that their gas pedals could get stuck and that the company was liable for her death because Uno’s 2006 Camry did not […]

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Toyota Unintentional Acceleration Wrongful Death Trial Begins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/toyota-unintentional-acceleration-wrongful-death-trial-begins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/toyota-unintentional-acceleration-wrongful-death-trial-begins/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:16:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496694 Noriko Uno was killed in 2009 when her 2006 Toyota Camry sudenly accelerated to 100 MPH, resulting in her leaving the roadway and hitting a telephone pole and a tree in the median. Today, jury selection begins in a California lawsuit filed by her survivors.   The lack of a brake-override system on her Camry, […]

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Noriko Uno was killed in 2009 when her 2006 Toyota Camry sudenly accelerated to 100 MPH, resulting in her leaving the roadway and hitting a telephone pole and a tree in the median. Today, jury selection begins in a California lawsuit filed by her survivors.   The lack of a brake-override system on her Camry, […]

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Toyota, Lawyers, Court Agree on Settlement Over Depreciation Caused by Unintended Acceleration Recalls http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/toyota-lawyers-court-agree-on-settlement-over-depreciation-caused-by-unintended-acceleration-recalls/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/toyota-lawyers-court-agree-on-settlement-over-depreciation-caused-by-unintended-acceleration-recalls/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:30:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496451 A U.S. District Court judge gave final approval of the settlement of a lawsuit filed against Toyota on behalf of owners of Toyota vehicles who claimed that the car maker’s recalls related to unintended acceleration caused their cars to depreciate in value.   Toyota recalled over 10 million vehicles around the world in 2009-2010 to […]

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A U.S. District Court judge gave final approval of the settlement of a lawsuit filed against Toyota on behalf of owners of Toyota vehicles who claimed that the car maker’s recalls related to unintended acceleration caused their cars to depreciate in value.   Toyota recalled over 10 million vehicles around the world in 2009-2010 to […]

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Senator Chuck Grassley Wants NHTSA To Re-Open Toyota Sudden Acceleration Case http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/senator-chuck-grassley-wants-nhtsa-to-re-open-toyota-sudden-acceleration-case/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/senator-chuck-grassley-wants-nhtsa-to-re-open-toyota-sudden-acceleration-case/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 18:56:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452648 Here we go again…Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is asking NHTSA to re-open the investigation into the Toyota unintended acceleration case. Grassley claims he was approached by unnamed whistle blowers who were unsatisfied with the scope of the investigation. According to CNN ” the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the NHTSA in a letter to […]

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Here we go again…Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is asking NHTSA to re-open the investigation into the Toyota unintended acceleration case. Grassley claims he was approached by unnamed whistle blowers who were unsatisfied with the scope of the investigation. According to CNN ” the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the NHTSA in a letter to […]

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Inspector General: NHTSA Needs To Rethink Defect Investigation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/inspector-general-nhtsa-needs-to-rethink-defect-investigation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/inspector-general-nhtsa-needs-to-rethink-defect-investigation/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:49:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=418153 Remember the uproar over Unintended Acceleration in Toyotas? After more than a year of investigation, NHTSA has yet to find a definitive cause for the furor… although the experience was not an entire waste. In fact, the most interesting result of the entire situation was that it cast light on NHTSA’s inefficacy as much as […]

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Remember the uproar over Unintended Acceleration in Toyotas? After more than a year of investigation, NHTSA has yet to find a definitive cause for the furor… although the experience was not an entire waste. In fact, the most interesting result of the entire situation was that it cast light on NHTSA’s inefficacy as much as […]

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Witchgraph http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/witchgraph/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/witchgraph/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:51:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413508   Remember when cars, especially Toyotas, suddenly had a mind of their own, started accelerating, leaving their drivers helpless and hapless? It was in the beginning of 2010. The media cited scores of allegedly killed people. Source: The NHTSA complaint database. When complaints skyrocketed, the media wrote about a dramatic increase of complaints. Now, have […]

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  Remember when cars, especially Toyotas, suddenly had a mind of their own, started accelerating, leaving their drivers helpless and hapless? It was in the beginning of 2010. The media cited scores of allegedly killed people. Source: The NHTSA complaint database. When complaints skyrocketed, the media wrote about a dramatic increase of complaints. Now, have […]

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Mercedes Tackles Unintended Acceleration With New Cruise Control Stalk http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/mercedes-tackles-unintended-acceleration-with-new-cruise-control-stalk/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/mercedes-tackles-unintended-acceleration-with-new-cruise-control-stalk/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:39:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402869 Unintended acceleration has been a huge topic in automotive circles over the last year or so, as the Toyota Recall Scandal brought new attention to that man-machine-interface problem. But did you know Mercedes has been receiving its own complaints about UA? Neither did we, as a post-Toyota Recall survey of NHTSA complaints showed Mercedes enjoying […]

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Unintended acceleration has been a huge topic in automotive circles over the last year or so, as the Toyota Recall Scandal brought new attention to that man-machine-interface problem. But did you know Mercedes has been receiving its own complaints about UA? Neither did we, as a post-Toyota Recall survey of NHTSA complaints showed Mercedes enjoying […]

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Livechat With Jeff Liker And Timothy Ogden, Authors Of “Toyota Under Fire” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/livechat-with-timothy-ogden-author-of-toyota-under-fire/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/livechat-with-timothy-ogden-author-of-toyota-under-fire/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:46:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391782 TTAC LiveChat With The Authors Of “Toyota Under Fire”

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TTAC LiveChat With The Authors Of “Toyota Under Fire”

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Toyota Trials Start In 2013 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/toyota-trials-start-in-2013/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/toyota-trials-start-in-2013/#comments Sun, 16 Jan 2011 16:14:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=380659 The first of some 400 lawsuits pending against Toyota in the wake of the unintended acceleration scandal will go to trial by 2013, reports Bloomberg. U.S. District Judge James V. Selna has asked plaintiff lawyers to select “bellwether” cases from the hundreds of personal-injury, wrongful-death and economic-loss suits pending against Toyota to go to trial […]

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The first of some 400 lawsuits pending against Toyota in the wake of the unintended acceleration scandal will go to trial by 2013, reports Bloomberg. U.S. District Judge James V. Selna has asked plaintiff lawyers to select “bellwether” cases from the hundreds of personal-injury, wrongful-death and economic-loss suits pending against Toyota to go to trial […]

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Toyota Whistleblower Dimitrios Biller Slapped With $2.6m Judgement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/toyota-whistleblower-dimitrios-biller-slapped-with-2-6m-judgement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/toyota-whistleblower-dimitrios-biller-slapped-with-2-6m-judgement/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2011 23:08:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379638 The story of Dimitrios Biller has been one of the more colorful sideshows in last year’s media-scourging of Toyota, complete with a “book of secrets,” accusations of corporate criminality, counter-accusations of mental instability and a congressional pissing match. But with the Toyota media circus long gone, it now seems that l’affaire Biller was just another […]

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The story of Dimitrios Biller has been one of the more colorful sideshows in last year’s media-scourging of Toyota, complete with a “book of secrets,” accusations of corporate criminality, counter-accusations of mental instability and a congressional pissing match. But with the Toyota media circus long gone, it now seems that l’affaire Biller was just another […]

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Breaking: Toyota To End NHTSA Investigation With $32m Fine http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/breaking-toyota-to-end-nhtsa-investigation-with-32m-fine/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/breaking-toyota-to-end-nhtsa-investigation-with-32m-fine/#comments Tue, 21 Dec 2010 03:58:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378048 The AP [via Google] reports that Toyota’s board has voted to pay $32.4m on top of the $16.4 it already paid the US Department of Transportation in connection with its handling of several recalls. The first involved Toyota’s handling of gas-pedal entrapment by floormats in its vehicles that were part of the Unintended Acceleration scandal […]

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The AP [via Google] reports that Toyota’s board has voted to pay $32.4m on top of the $16.4 it already paid the US Department of Transportation in connection with its handling of several recalls. The first involved Toyota’s handling of gas-pedal entrapment by floormats in its vehicles that were part of the Unintended Acceleration scandal […]

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Lawsuit Alleges Toyota UA Coverup http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/lawsuit-alleges-toyota-ua-coverup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/lawsuit-alleges-toyota-ua-coverup/#comments Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:21:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=370693 Bloomberg reports that a lawsuit accuses Toyota of a widespread coverup of unintended acceleration in its vehicles. The suit alleges that “Toyota technicians” confirmed that vehicles were unexpectedly accelerating and the company bought back the vehicles, had customers sign confidentiality agreements and didn’t disclose the problems to regulators… In testimony about acceleration defects before Congress, […]

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Bloomberg reports that a lawsuit accuses Toyota of a widespread coverup of unintended acceleration in its vehicles. The suit alleges that “Toyota technicians” confirmed that vehicles were unexpectedly accelerating and the company bought back the vehicles, had customers sign confidentiality agreements and didn’t disclose the problems to regulators… In testimony about acceleration defects before Congress, […]

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Allstate Sues Toyota Over Unintended Acceleration Claims, More Insurance Suits Likely http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/allstate-sues-toyota-over-unintended-acceleration-claims-more-insurance-suits-likely/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/allstate-sues-toyota-over-unintended-acceleration-claims-more-insurance-suits-likely/#comments Tue, 05 Oct 2010 18:06:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=367551 The day after Toyota announced that it still hasn’t found an electronic cause for unintended acceleration in its vehicles and that UA complaints are down 80%, Consumer Affairs reports that Allstate Insurance filed a $3m suit against the Japanese automaker, claiming it “essentially hid the problem.” The suit, filed in the Southern Californian district court […]

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The day after Toyota announced that it still hasn’t found an electronic cause for unintended acceleration in its vehicles and that UA complaints are down 80%, Consumer Affairs reports that Allstate Insurance filed a $3m suit against the Japanese automaker, claiming it “essentially hid the problem.” The suit, filed in the Southern Californian district court […]

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Toyota Settles Saylor Crash Case http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/toyota-settles-saylor-crash-case/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/toyota-settles-saylor-crash-case/#comments Sat, 18 Sep 2010 16:54:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=366110 Toyota and the families of four people who died when dealership loaner Lexus ES crashed after a reported unintended acceleration event, have settled out of court reports Bloomberg. The crash gained national attention and helped spur on the media frenzy around unintended acceleration in Toyotas. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda had previously apologized to the family […]

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Toyota and the families of four people who died when dealership loaner Lexus ES crashed after a reported unintended acceleration event, have settled out of court reports Bloomberg. The crash gained national attention and helped spur on the media frenzy around unintended acceleration in Toyotas. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda had previously apologized to the family […]

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Toyota Admits To Black Box Reader Error But Insists It’s Not A Defect http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/toyota-admits-black-box-reader-error/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/09/toyota-admits-black-box-reader-error/#comments Tue, 14 Sep 2010 16:44:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=365659 Toyota is admitting that its black-box recorder readers have an error that can cause erroneous speed readings, as demonstrated by a 2007 Tundra crash in which the black box indicated a 170 MPH crash speed.  Toyota R&D boss Takeshi Uchiyamada tells Automotive News [sub] Toyota has acknowledged previously that the event data recorders are not […]

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Toyota is admitting that its black-box recorder readers have an error that can cause erroneous speed readings, as demonstrated by a 2007 Tundra crash in which the black box indicated a 170 MPH crash speed.  Toyota R&D boss Takeshi Uchiyamada tells Automotive News [sub] Toyota has acknowledged previously that the event data recorders are not […]

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Toyota Studies Pedal Design http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/toyota-studies-pedal-design/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/toyota-studies-pedal-design/#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:53:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=363176 I am looking under every rock and asking the question: Is there anything wrong or unusual about our pedals? We are continuing to look to see if there is something that we could do differently. Toyota’s Steve St. Angelo tells the WSJ [sub] that Toyota is reviewing its pedal designs in search of a cause […]

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I am looking under every rock and asking the question: Is there anything wrong or unusual about our pedals? We are continuing to look to see if there is something that we could do differently. Toyota’s Steve St. Angelo tells the WSJ [sub] that Toyota is reviewing its pedal designs in search of a cause […]

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Driver Freed In Minneapolis “Toyota Murder” Case http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/driver-freed-in-minneapolis-toyota-murder-case/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/driver-freed-in-minneapolis-toyota-murder-case/#comments Mon, 09 Aug 2010 21:34:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362544 Koua Fong Lee, who had spent over two years behind bars for his role in a collision that killed three people, was freed today when a judge vacated his sentence. The reason: ineffective legal counsel, and evidence that suggested Lee’s 1996 Toyota Camry could have been driving out of control. The Ramsey County (MN) prosecutor […]

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Koua Fong Lee, who had spent over two years behind bars for his role in a collision that killed three people, was freed today when a judge vacated his sentence. The reason: ineffective legal counsel, and evidence that suggested Lee’s 1996 Toyota Camry could have been driving out of control. The Ramsey County (MN) prosecutor […]

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Pedals For Dummies http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/pedals-for-dummies/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/pedals-for-dummies/#comments Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:29:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=362160 Imagine yourself going down the road with your foot on the brake pedal all the time. This is a Japanese inventor’s idea to stop driver error and unintended acceleration. To accelerate, you move your foot sideways against an accelerator bar. To brake, you stomp on the brake. A horrible thought – if you are a […]

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Imagine yourself going down the road with your foot on the brake pedal all the time. This is a Japanese inventor’s idea to stop driver error and unintended acceleration. To accelerate, you move your foot sideways against an accelerator bar. To brake, you stomp on the brake. A horrible thought – if you are a […]

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