Report says Toyota unintended acceleration incidents were caused by driver error |

Toyota faced a huge scandal at the beginning of 2010, when it was faced with unintended acceleration concerns on the majority of its models. The Japanese company acted swiftly and issued two large recalls, one for floor mats, the other for the sticky accelerator pedals, but people were already pointing fingers at the company.

Now, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, things aren’t quite so. The reputed newspaper cites inside sources which claim that from the investigations led by the Department of Transportation up until now on the reported cases of unintended acceleration, driver error was the most to blame.

According to the sources, from the information collected from the Event Data Recorders (EDR) on the crashed Toyota models, there were telltale signs that the brake pedal wasn’t used right before the crash in many cases.

This means just one thing: people were stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brake one, right before the vehicle got into an incident.

There was one clear exception though, in the case of the Lexus ES350 crash from late 2009, where a police officer and his family lost their lives due to pedal entrapment by the floor mat.

Bear in mind this isn’t official just yet, as the DoT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are still waiting for investigations to be completed, as well as a query led by NASA itself into the Toyota unintended acceleration problems.

Still, drivers pressing wrong pedals might explain quite a lot of things, especially as many such crashes raised plenty of questions.

Source: Wall Street Journal

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