• Toyota push to No. 1 masks on-going unintended acceleration issues Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Aftermath of Toyota unintended acceleration crash in San Diego County that killed four people.

    The media has been awash of late with news that Toyota is charging back to become the world’s No. 1 selling auto maker. But that return to the top stands in stark contrast to some sobering numbers involving the unintended acceleration problems that have bedeviled the company’s fleet — and put consumers in harms way.

    As reported on the Safety Research & Strategies Inc. blog, unintended acceleration problems simply have not gone away. Some of the more startling numbers since June 1, 2011:

    • 368 total incidents involving unintended acceleration.
    • 36 involved vehicles described as having had at least one UA recall remedy performed prior to the incident.
    •  95 reported injuries; none of these incidents resulted in a fatality.

    Safety Research reviewed unintended acceleration incidents involving Toyota vehicles reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) between June 1, 2011 and July 17, 2012.  To identify these reports, the organization examined the NHTSA data for all consumer complaints containing keywords related to UA that were submitted during that time period. Each complain was then reviewed to determine if it described an unintended acceleration incident.

    SR&S, which produces research utilized in civil cases brought by trial lawyers who hold automakers accountable for safety violations, has become enough of a thorn in Toyota’s side that the giant auto maker took pains in a press release to coach reporters to identify the safety organization as “paid consultants engaged by attorneys suing Toyota for money.”

    Toyota executives have also bristled over Senator Charles Grassley’s July 12 letter to NHTSA Administrator David Strickland raising concerns about whether NHTSA’s investigations of unintended acceleration involving Toyota were too narrow, including the agency’s position on the tin whiskers phenomenon, a notable problem raised by NASA scientists who aided in the NHTSA probe. Toyota claimed in a press release that the government’s investigation was “sufficiently thorough in regard to a phenomenon known as ‘tin whiskers.’ ”


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One Response to “Toyota push to No. 1 masks on-going unintended acceleration issues”

  1. Yee Liang says:

    I have 2010 Prius. It had an unintended acceleration on 7/18/2012, resulted in bad damage on this Prius and another truck.

    The accident happened on Wed. evening, 7/18/2012, at about 6:15~ 6:20pm when I was about to go home from working place (2320 Camino Vida Roble, Carlsbad , 92011). I was backing Prius slowly; my foot was on brake; the parking lot is in flat surface; not wet. Then I saw a car coming on my way (from right side). Just when I thought I need to stop my car, but before I took any action, my foot was still on the brake, the Prius suddenly accelerated by itself, and it went wild, I lost control of it completely. The car turned more than 360 degree backward and clockwise in the parking lot in a few seconds. Since the car was parked between a building and a slop, from the front mirror, first I saw the building wall and glasses, I thought: I am going to die! Then I saw the slope (uphill slope), then I saw a car (light color Lexus SUV) parked close to my car: no! don’t hit that car! That is the last thing I remember. I passed out after that until the Prius stopped by itself. After a few seconds, I woke up and realized: I am still alive. I got off the car and saw Prius passed the two curbs backward, hit the truck and bounced back. The truck was moved out by about 2 yards. The Prius’s rear bumper and left rear light were broken, the two tires on the driver side got flat, and the truck had a big dent on the passenger side.

    The traces left by my car in the parking lot were really massy. Some people saw them and couldn’t believe how the car rotated.

    Fortunately, no one was in the truck and I didn’t get hurt physically because I had the safety belt on and the car slowed down after passing two curbs and two tires got exploded.

    People at Toyota collision center checked the car and told me everything is normal, including brake and gas paddle. But why did the car lose control and accelerate suddenly if everything is normal?

    I filed claim to Toyota. They will inspect the car by taking data from EDR (Event Data Recorder). They will probably get the conclusion that I pressed brake and gas padle at the same time.

    Wish this organization can urge government to investigagte Toyota’s problem.

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