Safety Advocate Set to Testify on Electronic Design Flaw at Congressional Hearings on Toyota

February 22, 2010
Safety advocate Sean Kane is set to testify before a Congressional committee on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 regarding his claims that faulty electronics are at least partly to blame for Toyota's unintended acceleration woes.

Our colleagues over at Autoblog recently reported on an ABC News report where David Gilbert of Southern Illinois University says he has identified the suspected glitch in Toyota's electronics on models affected by complaints of unintended acceleration. Apparently, Gilbert claims to be able to recreate a short-circuit in the electronic throttle of Toyotas that can create a throttle surge but not be detected by electronic sensors.

Gilbert's report is fueling the fire and providing ammo for safety advocate Sean Kane of Safety Research & Strategies to use in his upcoming testimony before Congress regarding Toyota's unintended acceleration woes. Autoblog quoted Kane as saying of Toyota's throttle-control electronics, "The system is fallible, in fact, it's got some really troubling design strategies that are employed by Toyota that appear to be outside the norm. And their system clearly has design strategy that has a very slim margin of safety."

Whether the alleged electronics/throttle programming issues affect either the Toyota Tacoma or Tundra pickups, both of which are included in ongoing recalls and/or investigations, is unknown. Stay tuned to as we endeavor to keep you posted on the latest Toyota truck news that comes out of this week's Congressional hearings.

[Source: Autoblog]

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