• moses Posted: 2/6/2011 5:47pm PST

    Toyota's acceleration problem could be customer-based
    www.washingtonpost.com
    http://tinyurl.com/6h8r536
    THE RESULTS are not definitive, but a preliminary report on sudden acceleration from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some good news for Toyota Motor Corp. Of the 58 data recorders analyzed by the agency and the company, 35 showed that the brake pedal was not depressed.

  • George Parks Posted: 5/11/2010 2:09pm PDT

    Until it happened to us, I was a bit skeptical that the newer vehicles could accelerate on their own. It happened to my wife in our 2008 4runner, a model that has not been recalled. I now believe. So far, Toyota says they cannot duplicate the condition. The dealership still has our 4Runner. If I could buy my own throttle override, I would have it put on at my own expense.

  • bengt avatar Bengt Posted: 3/9/2010 4:00pm PST

    So this begs the question to you all -- please chime in if you have a strong opinion on this -- are today's cars overpowered? Are brakes still not strong enough relative to engine power?

  • Their Waists Posted: 3/3/2010 8:03am PST

    I always thought any car's brakes could overpower its accelerator. Kinda shocked & surprised (and worried) to find out it's not true after all.

  • Wring And Wreck Posted: 3/3/2010 6:37am PST

    Are they really so cost-conscious as to omit this stuff, when it seems like a fundamental? Even Nissan has these, and they could draw a copper penny into a whole neighborhood's worth of DSL.

  • fb_1664438485 avatar Dod Posted: 3/3/2010 3:48am PST

    Can't see how they didn't think about it until now. Could have saved some lives...

  • Eric Berlin Posted: 3/2/2010 7:09pm PST

    On s somewhat unserious note, wonder what kinds of tricks and stunts people will be trying out with the manual override?

  • Damien Thomas Posted: 3/2/2010 5:11pm PST

    No car should be able to out-accelerate its brakes. Anyone in an accelerating Toyota should be able to just apply the brakes and have the car stop regardless of whether the accelerator is pressed or not.

  • automaan Posted: 3/2/2010 4:42pm PST

    a little concerning that no fix found yet - perhaps the Edmunds competition will help

  • AutoBoy Posted: 3/2/2010 3:52pm PST

    when the discussion focuses on solutions like brake over-rides, feels like we may now have graduated from the initial phase of this crisis - disbelief and fury to a new phase of addressing the screw-up. all necessary phases - but nice to see when we move from one to the next.

  • Allan Posted: 3/2/2010 3:42pm PST

    This one seems like a no-brainer if it's all electronic, eh?