sudden acceleration

Toyota Class Action Lawsuit Decision Coming: $1.6 Billion Up For Grabs
Toyota Class Action Lawsuit Decision Coming: $1.6 Billion Up For Grabs

In 2010, Toyota recalled millions of vehicles for "unintended acceleration" issues, which generated lots of negative press for the automaker and put the brakes on Toyota sales. Though the recall has fallen out of the headlines, it's still the subject of a huge class action lawsuit working its way...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Plaintiffs In Toyota Acceleration Case: NASA Study Flawed

Plaintiffs in the accelerator-related cases against Toyota are likely to challenge the NASA report conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earlier this year, reports Bloomberg. According to the plaintiffs, the NASA study only reviewed 280,000 out of the 8 million...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota Recalls 2.2 Million More Vehicles To Fix Accelerator Pedals

Toyota said this morning it would conduct a "voluntary safety recall" of another 2.17 million vehicles in the United States to modify accelerator pedals that could get trapped by floor mats or carpets. The company has already recalled more than 11 million vehicles to fix related safety problems...Read More»

2009 Toyota Tundra
Toyota Recalls: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Over many months, we've seen Toyota's recall issues go from bad to worse, to Capitol Hill, and then seen the flocks of lawyers descend like vultures. Meanwhile, it's sounding Toyota really has become a better, stronger company—having fixed a major portion of the affected vehicles, gone to...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Toyota Acceleration Claims Down, But Allstate Launches Suit

Toyota earlier this week provided an update on progress regarding its accelerator-related recalls, and it's now more confidently pushing back on assertions that the automaker's electronic throttle controls might have caused unintended acceleration. The automaker said that it's reviewed about 4,200...Read More»

Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press
NHTSA: Toyota Electronics Have No 'Sudden Acceleration' Fault

So-called 'sudden acceleration' has a long and unfortunate history, almost destroying Audi sales in the mid-1980s after 60 Minutes accused the Audi 5000 of accelerating out of control at random. Now, as previewed a few weeks ago, an NHTSA report finds no electronic cause for the phenomenon--and...Read More»

Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press
Drivers At Fault In So-Called Sudden Acceleration Toyotas, NHTSA Says

Despite ominous news reports of cars careening out of control, there's no substitute for data. And now it looks like many reported cases of so-called "sudden acceleration" in Toyotas are actually due to driver error. That's the preliminary conclusion coming from investigators at the National...Read More»

2010 Toyota Camry
Death Toll From Toyota's Sudden Acceleration May Be As High As 89

In March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles could've been responsible for as many as 52 deaths since the year 2000. Yesterday, the NHTSA revised that figure upward: it now rests at 89. The revision is linked to a dramatic...Read More»

2007 Dodge Caliber
2007 Dodge Caliber In New Sticky Accelerator Pedal Probe

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating yet another potential case of sticking accelerator pedals, this time in 2007 Dodge Caliber compacts. According to trade journal Automotive News, the NHTSA has received five complaints of accelerator pedals that stuck in the open...Read More»

Tata Nano in flames, Mumbai, India, from Indian Autos Blog
Hey, Toyota, It Could Be Worse: You Could Have Flaming Tatas

Toyota's troubles with so-called sudden acceleration are so well publicized, we're not going to run them down here. But we'd remind the world's largest carmaker that it might be far worse. As well as sticky accelerator pedals and ill-fitting floor mats, they could also be facing cars that...Read More»

2008 Toyota Prius
Toyota Calls Hoax On Runaway Prius In San Diego

Toyota's sudden acceleration problems seemed to get immeasurably worse last week when San Diego resident James Sikes' Prius appeared to accelerate uncontrollably, requiring assistance from a California Highway Patrol officer's car to come to a stop. The media frenzy that ensued spread the story to...Read More»

Age distribution of drivers in 56 Toyota acceleration deaths, data from Jalopnik and Overlawyered
Toyota Sudden Acceleration: Is It All Older Drivers' Fault?

So-called "sudden acceleration" is an ugly mix of media frenzy, sophisticated engineering, and complex human-machine interaction. But recent data on Toyota sudden-acceleration complaints seems to show--with some qualifiers--that the bulk of the incidents ending in fatalities have been reported by...Read More»

Wrecked Toyota Prius owned by Elizabeth James, photo by Ted James, from Houston Press
NHTSA Has No Software Engineers or EEs To Analyze Toyotas

Sometimes you see something you just can't believe. And yet, there it is in cold type (or warm electrons). Today's candidate is a single sentence by Washington Post writers Peter Whoriskey and Frank Ahrens, discussing the Congressional investigation of the National Highway Traffic Safety...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
Piling On: Problems With Prius Brakes Are Toyota's Latest Worry

When it rains, it pours. And Toyota may find itself swimming a lot faster if new allegations of safety problems prove to be true. In Japan this morning, the Ministry of Transportation ordered the company to investigate complaints into brake problems in its new 2010 Toyota Prius. More than 100 U.S...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
CR: 41 Percent Of Acceleration Complaints Involve Toyotas

Whether or not so-called "sudden acceleration" problems involve issues with floor mats, operator confusion over pedals, or actual vehicle defects, several automakers rank far above others in terms of complaints made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Toyota has many more...Read More»

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