NHTSA says Toyota planted the unintended acceleration driver error story | Rpmgo.com

At the beginning of the week, the Wall Street Journal posted an extremely interesting story, according to which the Toyota unintended acceleration incidents that are currently being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration were mostly caused by driver error.

More specifically, according to the WSJ’s sources, most of the drivers were stomping on the accelerator pedal, instead of the brakes, right before the crash.

Now, it seems that the NHTSA has decided to counter that specific story, saying that it was actually planted by Toyota itself, in order to clean up its own image.

Speaking with Just-Auto, a spokesperson for the NHTSA revealed that: “The story was planted by Toyota. Toyota is the source – yes we know that for definite [sic]. It is [the] Toyota PR machine. We knew they were going to put it out.”

There might be evidence to sustain this, as the NHTSA remains tight lipped about the unintended acceleration investigations, and will report its own findings in the future. As such, it would’ve been tricky for the WSJ to find reliable federal sources. Also, the story benefited Toyota, as its share price rose by 1% after the article ran at the beginning of the week.

For what it’s worth, Toyota replied to the NHTSA accusation, saying that “We’ve been supplying information and sending it to NHTSA. We are not aware of any study. We are not aware of any report. We’ve been compiling our own field reports on unintended acceleration and as we investigate them, we send them to NHTSA. The WSJ report was news to us.”

We may never know for sure just what happened with the story, but the most important thing to take out of it is that drivers should really know what their pedals do. Even if right before the crash you can’t afford to look down and slowly place the foot onto the brake, you should build that reflex before anything serious happens.

Source: Just-Auto via Autoblog

Post tags : Car Crashes, driver error, incident, nhtsa, Toyota, unintended acceleration