Toyota Electronic Throttle Problems Supported by Assistant Professor's Study
A recent LA Times article reported that a live webcast on March 8, 2010 will discuss Toyota’s defenses against claims of electronic throttle problems made by an automotive technology assistant professor from Southern Illinois University. According to the article, the assistant professor presented his study results to Congress in February, pinpointing electronic issues as the culprit for recalled Toyota vehicles experiencing unintended acceleration and throttle problems.
While the assistant professor has concluded that wiring failure in recalled Toyota cars is connected to sudden acceleration, Toyota has denied such claims of electronic flaw. Based on the article, the automaker referred to the assistant professor’s study as “completely unrealistic under real-world conditions.” Through the webcast, Toyota is supposed to present their defense by re-creating the study and providing rebuttals made by experts from Stanford University’s Center for Automotive Research.
Auto manufacturers are responsible for designing, testing, and creating vehicles that are free of defect or flaw before putting them on the market. The assistant professor involved in the Toyota throttle study asserts that automotive electronics may cause a vehicle to experience problems if the components are not properly tested to respond to extreme vibrations or temperatures.
While it has not been officially proven if there is in fact a flaw in the electrical system involving the sensors or the throttle control systems, outside experts and critics firmly believe that new floor mats and redesigned gas peals are not sufficient fixes to the problem of unintended acceleration.
Those who have been injured in an auto accident involving a recalled Toyota vehicle have legal rights and may be able to file a claim against Toyota Motor Corp if it is determined that an auto defect was responsible for the accident and the resulting injuries. At Page Law, our skilled Missouri personal injury attorneys will help you with your potential injury claim, please call (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation.