Independent report by a California engineering firm says electronics not a cause of sticking accelerators. Toyota has had to recall about 8.5 million car worldwide to fix defective gas pedals.
Well, finally something that can be labeled good news for Toyota.
According to the Japanese automaker, the sticking accelerator problem for which it has had to recall several models globally is not due to any electrical faults.
In a report by the Wall Street Journal, Toyota commissioned California engineering firm Exponent to study the problem. The Journal obtained a copy of the study conducted by Exponent which found that no electronics issues were related to the problem.
The Wall Street Journal quotes from the report:
"Exponent has so far been unable to induce, through electrical disturbances to the system, either unintended acceleration or behavior that might be a precursor to such an event, despite concerted efforts toward this goal."
Toyota commissioned the independent study in order to counter claims that it wasn't doing enough to fix the problem of unintended acceleration and that the defect was linked to its electronics. Toyota has issued a recall to fix floor mats and gas pedals which may cause the throttle to get stuck.
"We have no indication that the electronic throttle is an issue. We are not the only ones with electronic throttles," said Don Esmond, senior vice president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. at a dealer's even in Florida.
Toyota has had to recall about 8.5 million cars worldwide due to the defective gas pedals.