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WASHINGTON (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp., which built its reputation in the U.S. on safety and reliability, has been cleared by the government of electronic problems in its vehicles. Now it needs to convince consumers that it has put its safety recalls in the rear view mirror.
The Transportation Department said Tuesday that electronic flaws were not to blame for reports of sudden, unintended acceleration. Since 2009, Toyota has recalled more than 12 million vehicles globally over safety problems. The government's new findings bolstered Toyota's contention that the company had directly dealt with the problems through its recalls and is making safety paramount in its lineup.
Originally posted by nh_ee
reply to post by Sestias
Well what was the nature of the problem then ? Mechanical as in thermal ?? Logical, as in software ?
Islamic Terrorists ? Ghosts ?
The accelerator pedal systems today are electronic or drive by wire. That means that there aren't mechanical cables running through the firewall.
What we have are two computers essentially communicating with one another. One at the pedal itself sending it's position and the other on the engine responding by moving the throttle body valve accordingly.
There are cases in which crosstalk or thermal conditions can cause a state change within computers.
I feel that that might be the true nature of this problem. Reason being, the other Japanese automotive manufacturers such as Honda,Mazda and Nissan haven't experienced this anomaly and most are using the same processors, and pedal mechanisms for that matter. But what differs amongst auto companies is their own unique "Proprietary Software".
Seeing as this anomalous behaviour has occurred primarily on Toyotas AND Lexus automobiles which share many of the same componentry/parts. It does points to something unique about Toyota and their software.
I can understand Toyota's response in attributing it to driver/operator error though.
Personally, I did once have a floor mat shift and depress my accelerator once on a BMW. Fortunately I was driving a standard, as I always do, and it was pretty easy to just pop the car into Neutral, slowing down and removing the floor mat away from the accelerator.
When I hear of these people having crashed and/or even died as a result. It really sounds as if much of this could be attributed to operator error. AND/OR the possibility of seeking financial gain via a lawsuit against Toyota ?
Granted you might not have sufficient time to react before impact or your brakes might not stop you immediately but was the gear selector disabled as well ?
How about training people what to do in emergencies in our driver education program....as they do with Pilots ?
One of the first things you learn once aloft in a small aircraft is what to do in case you lose an engine.
Sorry for the rambling...but most of all enjoy your new CAR OP !!! And don't forget your gear select lever !!