Transportation Law News

August 12, 2010

U.S. Study Points to Driver Error in Many Toyota Crashes

Five months into an investigation of safety issues involving Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles, U.S. safety officials have yet to identify any new defects beyond those reported by the car maker itself.

More than half of the cases of sudden acceleration analyzed with data from the vehicles’ “black boxes” show the driver was not stepping on the brake at the time of the crash—indicating that driver error may have been at fault.

Officials stressed that their investigation continues and may take months to complete. But the data, at least for now, support Toyota’s assertion that electronic defects in its cars aren’t behind the incidents.

Clink: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748704164904575421603167046966.html

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