After a 10-month “exhaustive, thorough” study of Toyota’s electronic throttle controls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and NASA reported today they found no evidence that electronics were to blame for alleged unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles.
“So let me be clear: the jury is back. The verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended high-speed acceleration in Toyotas. Period,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a packed news conference in Washington, D.C.
LaHood said NHTSA and NASA rigorously examined nine vehicles, poured over 280,000 lines of software codes and bombarded the vehicles with electro-magnetic radiation and found no flaws in Toyota’s electronic systems.
The report noted that the only car-based causes of alleged acceleration incidents were trapped floor mats and sticking pedals that have been addressed by Toyota’s recalls.