14 July 2010

Revenge of the Toyota

So it looks like Sudden Acceleration Syndrome was caused by "don't know what pedal your damn foot is on" after all.

The study does find one case out of seventy five fatal crashes where the pedal was trapped by the floor mat, causing an accident that killed a California state trooper and three occupants of the car.

Toyota has acknowledged issues with floor mats and accelerator pedals that don't immediately return to idle, but in no case were any other defects found. Several lawsuits have been filed blaming malfunctions in the electronic throttle control systems.

Funny, that. Ten years ago it was Audi getting hammered, and it turned out to be caused by the same seat-to-pedal interface malfunction.

Which leads us to the main problem with our bubble wrapped society. The idiots don't get a chance to kill themselves off nearly often enough.

HT: Ace of Spades HQ

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