Toyotas and Unintended Acceleration
Tuesday, May 03, 2016By Richard Alexander
Sudden Unintended Acceleration
(SUA) has been in the spotlight for the past few years, but the consumer complaints associated with Toyota vehicles have been rolling in for over a decade. Consumer Reports’ has actually dedicated an entire portion of their website to unintended acceleration issues associated with Toyota vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened up an initial investigation into certain Toyota models involving SUA in July of 2003. A few Lexus model cars were recalled in December of 2005, but there were still plenty of complaints about other Toyota models pouring in for years. The popular 2006 Camry and 2010 Corolla continue to make the Safety Institute’s Vehicle Watch List for these problems.
Unintended Acceleration Problem Not Solved
Although complaints and investigations have been ongoing for more than a decade, the problem of sudden unintended acceleration has not been solved. Recalls, so-called remedies, NASA intervention, research from the National Academy of Sciences, million-dollar fines and billion-dollar settlement agreements haven’t been able to directly address the ongoing issue of unintended acceleration in certain newer and older Toyota vehicles. The problem of SUA could be much more complicated than previously thought. Michael Barr, a software expert, spent almost two years studying Toyota’s source code. He found that a portion of the software code that is used to control a plethora of Toyota vehicle functions was poorly written and had the safety architecture of a ‘house of cards.’ Listed below are Toyota vehicles that are under recal
l for SUA issues.
• 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
• 2007-2010 Toyota Camry
• 2009-2010 Toyota Corolla
• 2008-2010 Toyota Highlander
• 2009-2010 Toyota Matrix
• 2004-2009 Toyota Prius
• 2009- 2010 Toyota RAV4
• 2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia
• 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma
• 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra
• 2009-2010 Toyota Venza
• 2007-2010 Lexus ES350
• 2006-2010 Lexus IS250/350
• 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe
Defective Cars and Parts
Although the NHTSA is making efforts to crack down on automobile manufacturers, history shows that we can still expect to see a variety of complaints and unanswered questions related to the Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration problem.
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