Cause Of Toyota “Unintended Accelleration” Confirmed To Be “Pedal Misapplication”

In other words, drivers tromped on the wrong pedal, blamed Toyota, and Toyota’s sales people, vehicle owners, and shareholders suffered.  The head of the Department of Transportation, Ray LaHood, certainly didn’t help matters when, during a Congressional hearing, he said that owners of recalled Toyotas should stop driving their cars and take them back to dealers.

Today, however, LaHood is taking a page from his boss and trying to jump to the head of the parade exonerating Toyota’s electronic systems:

“The jury is back,” said Ray LaHood, the transportation secretary. “The verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas. Period.”

It would have been nice if you waited for a jury to be empaneled before declaring a verdict ten months ago, champ. 

 In true Obama Administration fashion, the DOT, of course, will use its incorrect rush to judgment as a great opportunity to impose new regulations on carmakers, such as  rules that would require “a standard method to turn off the engine so the driver does not have to insert a key into the ignition” and requiring cars to have “event data a recorders.”  To me, finding that a problem I had prematurely declared existed didn’t actually exist would be a good opportunity for restraint and self-reflection.  I guess that’s why I’m not in government.

Published in: on February 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Thank you for a very concise and clear understanding of the issue. I worked for Audi in the 1980’s when this nonsense started. Ditlow and 60 Minutes almost destroyed Audi with their fabrications; to this day, neither has seen fit to apologize. LaHood is just another gadfly.

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