Ever since September 2009, when Toyota Motors recalled 11 million vehicles, speculation has been that the cars electronic system was the reason behind the unintended acceleration that led to many deaths and auto crashes. Slipping floor mats, a defective braking system, and a faulty accelerator gas pedal didn’t seem to answer all of the outstanding questions as to why experienced drivers were not able to control different models of Toyotas, from the Prius to the Lexus. Now, a report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has found that there are no electronic flaws capable of leading to the large throttle opening that caused the dangerous high-speed unintended accelerating Toyotas.
The report was issued on Tuesday, February 8, and is based on a $1.5 million study by NASA, reports The Los Angeles Times. In the study, engineers analyzed 280,000 lines of software code to conclude there were no malfunctions in the electronics that led to runaway Toyotas. The study’s conclusion was that Toyota’s problems with unintended acceleration are likely mechanical not electrical.
NHTSA is proposing that by the end of 2011, new motor vehicles be equipped with a brake override system to stop vehicles that accelerate unintentionally, and that passenger vehicles come equipped with data recorders.
Toyota is facing numerous personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits regarding the malfunctioning vehicles and the federal government has fined the company $48 million for failing to notify federal regulators about problems in a timely manner, as required by law.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that you believe was caused by a defective vehicle, do not hesitate to contact the experienced Florida auto product liability lawyers at Farah & Farah. We can begin an investigation into your accident in order to explore your legal options.