unintended acceleration

Toyota Hit With $1.2B Recall Fine; How Will It Affect Shoppers, Owners?
Toyota Hit With $1.2B Recall Fine; How Will It Affect Shoppers, Owners?

For a whopping $1.2 billion, Toyota Motor Co. agreed earlier this week to settle a federal criminal probe concerning its statements during the unintended-acceleration-related recalls of Toyota and Lexus vehicles four years ago. The penalty is the largest one ever imposed on an automaker. But as a...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
Toyota Prevails In Important Unintended Acceleration Lawsuit

It's been a good news/bad news week for Toyota in the courts. On the bad news front, Toyota is being sued for its flop of a collision-avoidance system. The good news? In a completely separate case, a jury in Los Angeles found that the Toyota Camry was not the cause of Noriko Uno's death in 2009...Read More»

Akio Toyoda
Toyota Reaches $1.63 Billion Deal To Settle Sudden Acceleration Claims

Back in December, we told you that Toyota had offered to fork over $1.1 billion to settle lawsuits over allegations of unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles and a subsequent 2010 recall. About half of that money was meant to fix floormat issues and install brake-override systems, but...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
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»

2003 Ford Taurus SES Standard
NHTSA Studies 2000-2003 Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable For Stuck Throttles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary investigation into reports of unintended acceleration in 2000-2003 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable mid-size sedans. In its preliminary evaluation, PE-12033 (PDF), the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) says that...Read More»

2008 Mazda Tribute
2001-2006, 2008 Mazda Tribute: Recall Alert

Mazda is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2006 and 2008 Tribute SUVs to fix a sticky throttle issue linked to unintended acceleration. The Mazda safety recall comes one day after Ford’s recall of some 423,634 Escape SUVs in the U.S. for a similar problem. A notice on the National...Read More»

2004 Ford Escape XLS Value
2002-2004 Ford Escape May Suffer From Unintended Acceleration

In 2005, Ford recalled the 2002-2004 Escape to fix a troubling flaw that could've kept the vehicle's engine revving. Now, a consumer advocacy group insists that in the process of making those repairs, Ford created another problem -- one that leaves the Escape vulnerable to unintended acceleration...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 450h
Toyota Adds 154,000 2010 Lexus RXs To 2009 Unintended Acceleration Recall

So you thought Toyota had finally managed to move beyond the unintended acceleration fiasco of 2009-2010? Turns out that's not the case--the company just added another 154,000 vehicles to the list: the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h. The problem, however, isn't with anything electronic or...Read More»

Woman driving
Uh-Oh: Women Are Twice As Likely To Hit The Gas By Mistake

Gentlemen: on a scale of one to ten, how much do you value your relationship with your wife? Girlfriend? Mother? Sister? Female co-workers? If you answered more than, say, a five, you might want to skip this article entirely, because it could get you into a lot of trouble. You see, the National...Read More»

Driver mistakes gas for brake while attempting to park
When Unintended Acceleration Attacks: Bad Driver Video

Toyota's recent victory in an unintended acceleration lawsuit has brought the topic back into the news, and it's good news for the company; a plague of bad press over the subject has stalked it for over a year. This video shows it's often not the car--and in this case, not even a Toyota--when cars...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 Prius
NHTSA Investigation Concludes No Electronic Flaws In Recalled Toyotas

Unintended acceleration, Pedalgate, whatever the tag line, the federal government investigation into Toyota vehicles recalled for their purported propensity to suddenly take off, beyond driver control, concluded today that there are no faults in Toyota's electronic throttle control systems. The...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Today at High Gear Media: Forte, Grand Cherokee, and "MPG"

It's missed a spot on some well-known best-of lists, but the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee's giving us a gleam in our eye. [TheCarConnection] That 2011 Kia Forte five-door you've been waiting on, finally has an EPA rating: 37 mpg highway. [TheCarConnection] What's the word on cheap cars with big value?...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»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Feds Clear Toyota On Throttle Issues; Steering Issue Remains?

Toyota—and Toyota owners—can breathe a little easier with a finding from the federal government released today. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said, in a preliminary finding, that it could find no evidence of a problem with electronic throttle controls or electronic...Read More»

2010 Toyota Avalon
Six Months After The Recalls: Toyota Bruised, Lexus Less So?

It's been a tough and trying year for Toyota—and Toyota owners. There had already been a few isolated claims of accelerators sticking. But it was the news of an incident, last August—a family (and off-duty cop) in an ES 350, who sped out of control to a fiery death—that punted Toyota's...Read More»

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