The United States Department of Transportation has announced that electronic defects did not result in unintended acceleration reports in Toyota cars. “We enlisted the best and brightest engineers to study Toyota’s electronics systems and the verdict is in,” transportation secretary Ray LaHood said in a prepared statement. “There is no electronic-based cause for unintended acceleration in Toyotas.” Last year, millions of vehicles were recalled due to reports of unintended acceleration. Toyota addressed a problem involving stuck floor mats which trapped the pedal in place and faulty accelerator pedal mechanisms, but customers suggested electronic controls were the actual problem.
According to news reports, NASA engineers researched the problem involving electronic errors, investigating every possible scenario where the error might occur, but no problems were found. Despite these findings, the NHTSA is considering pushing new safety regulations which require a brake override system, which many car companies have already added to their cars. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I look forward to hearing more about safety reform concerning the brake override. If you or a loved one were hurt by an unsafe product, consult with a car accident attorney Los Angeles.