The Department of Transportation (DOT) has analyzed the “black box” event data recorders in dozens of Toyota vehicles involved in crashes linked to unintended acceleration, according to an exclusive Wall Street Journal report. The DOT found that the throttle was wide open but the brakes were not engaged in those instances. This may suggest driver error, rather than an electronic or mechanical defect in the cars, as the cause for those accidents. A formal study has not yet been issued.Frankly, I didn't realize that today's cars have "black box" data recorders. Does that mean that if I'm involved in an accident, I can demand information from the malefactor's black box recorder to prove he/she was at fault?
The Toyota findings appear to support Toyota's position that sudden-acceleration reports involving its vehicles weren't caused by electronic glitches in computer-controlled throttle systems, as some safety advocates and plaintiffs' attorneys have alleged. More than 100 people have sued the car maker over crashes they claim were the result of faulty electronics.
16 July 2010
Remember those "runaway Toyotas" ?
This rather surprising message was posted at Consumer Reports: