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Unintended Acceleration Solution: One Pedal For Throttle And Brake?
Unintended Acceleration Solution: One Pedal For Throttle And Brake?

What if the traditional pedal setup, with an accelerator and brake adjacent and just a couple of inches apart, typically, isn't such a great idea after all? Japanese inventor Masuyuki Naruse doesn't think it is, and argues that it can cause drivers to mistake the accelerator for the brake, in...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»

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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»

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GM Rolling Out Brake Override System In All Its Cars

In the wake of all the hoopla surrounding Toyota’s unintended acceleration fiasco, General Motors has come out announcing that it will start installing its “enhanced smart pedal” technology across its worldwide vehicle fleet. Designed for cars with automatic transmissions and electronic...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»

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»

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Mazda To Install Brake Overrides On Future Models

Mazda Motor Corp. (7261:JP) plans to install so-called smart throttles—incorporating brake overrides—in all of its future models, reported Automotive News, citing automaker officials in Japan. The move appears to be a purely preemptive measure, or an added safety feature, as the Japanese...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota Recall: Feds Might Require Brake Overrides

It's already looking like the Toyota recall hearings will bring us at least one new safety feature to all new vehicles: brake overrides. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood might recommend that every U.S. new vehicle be equipped with so-called smart throttle systems—meaning, most importantly...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 Sequoia
Toyota-Hired Firm Finds No Problem With Electronic Throttle

A Toyota-funded test of vehicles has failed to find issue with the automaker's electronic throttle system, which some safety advocates have accused of being linked to widespread reports of unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Back in September, Toyota recalled 3.8 million Toyota...Read More»

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U.S. Transportation Chief: Don't Drive Recalled Toyotas

In a House Appropriations panel hearing this morning Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood stated that his own advice to owners of the 2.3 million Toyota vehicles recalled due to potentially sticky accelerator pedals would be to not drive them at all. Up until now, Toyota—and the official recall...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»

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Toyota Recall: Older, Higher-Mileage Vehicles More At Risk

Toyota's recent recall for an issue that might lead to a sticky accelerator pedal covers about 2.3 million vehicles going all the way back to 2005. But is the owner of a 2005 Toyota Avalon with 150,000 miles more likely to experience this as, say, the owner of 2010 Toyota Corolla fresh out of the...Read More»

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Toyota Recall: Dealers To Start Fixing Gas Pedals This Weekend

While Toyota has been accused of being extremely slow to respond in issuing a recall for its floor-mat-related, unintended-acceleration issue, the automaker has responded remarkably quickly with a solution to its other, unrelated recall—regarding sticking accelerator mechanisms. Toyota (NYSE: TM)...Read More»

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Toyota And NHTSA Shockingly Slow On Unintended Acceleration Issue

It's hard to imagine that Toyota only started to take serious action on reports of its vehicles accelerating uncontrollably after four people in a Lexus ES 350 were killed after the sedan accelerated into an intersection and hit a SUV. When the crash took place on August 28 last year, Toyota had...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota And Lexus Recall: Everything You Need To Know

Own a Toyota or Lexus vehicle and not even sure if or how it's affected by the recent massive recall efforts? Looking back at the headlines of recent weeks and months—especially in this era of fast-moving, encapsulated news—it's easy to be confused over what's happened and what cars are...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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