View Full Version : Crash Data Suggest Driver Error in Toyota Accidents

07-13-2010, 04:30 PM
Wall Street Journal Link (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703834604575364871534435744.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEADNewsCollection)

"The U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of data recorders from Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles involved in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration and found that at the time of the crashes, throttles were wide open and the brakes were not engaged..."

Anyone actually surprised???

Air Randy
07-13-2010, 06:15 PM
I'm not. I never believed the majority of those incidents were legitimate cases of unintentional acceleration.

07-13-2010, 06:30 PM
I have drive by wire in the w8. I know electronics can be made to fail open/shut, but I like the idea of a throttle cable breaking and there being a law of physics that says the throttle will then close.

but that's just me.

07-13-2010, 08:10 PM
Yeah, throttle by wire seems wrong and admittedly our experience with it was limited to 18 months with the 4Runner (flawless), however the only time I've yet to have a throttle stick was a mechanical cable in a Honda Civic...