Toyotas Recalled, Fixed, Blamed Again
Legions of Toyota owners have brought their automobiles to their dealers to have their carpets zip-tied and their pedals shimmied. But did that end the customer complaints? You guessed it: It did not. The NHTSA has already received 10 complaints that the fixes were for naught and that cars still have a mind of their own. Understandably, do-nothing-NHSTSA, having received congressional tongue lashings about lackadaisical attitudes, is on it like sonic.
Reuters says that NHTSA “is reviewing reports that have been received since mid-February and are interviewing vehicle owners. The regulator said the allegations were unconfirmed.”
Stealing LaHood’s lines, David Strickland, the NHTSA administrator, said that the agency wants to “get to the bottom” of the matter and ensure that Toyota is doing “everything possible” to address the situation. “If Toyota owners are still experiencing sudden acceleration incidents after taking their cars to the dealership, we want to know about it,” Strickland said.
If you have a shimmied or zip-tied Toyota and you want some attention, or a new car while the old one is being investigated, now is the time to speak up.
All I can say is, when Toyota finally does come out with those EDR readers, they better not turn up an SUA event on a complainant's vehicle. If they do, then Toyota is in deep doodoo. I mean deep doodoo. So sometime in April or so, NHTSA and Toyota better get together and instrument one of those alleged SUA vehicles, and see if they can recreate this fault. And it'd be really smart for Toyota to put out a workhorse fleet, say 100 or so vehicles, and collect that data as well.
Sometimes I get behind Toyotas (recent Camrys especially) and wish they would suddenly accelerate because they're going so GD slow. (Yes, I am aware that I'm going to hell.)
"Idiot proof the cars" A waste of effort. This is a competitive world, and someone will just make a better idiot!
How scary is this for Toyota? Their cars have a major problem AND THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIX THEM! And everybody knows. They in big heap of trouble.