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NHTSA Takes a Walk, Toyota SUA Continues

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Reprinted from The Safety Record, Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2011 WENDOVER, UTAH – Last November, as NASA’s Engineering and Safety Center was dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s of its “exacting” study of Toyota’s electronic throttle control, Paul VanAlfen was in a panic. The Utah man was frantically trying to disengage the cruise [...]

Ford Fusion Floor Mat Advisory Raises Questions

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Reprinted from The Safety Record, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2010 WASHINGTON, DC – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into pedal entrapment involving the 2010 Ford Fusion, after receiving three complaints of accelerators pedals being trapped by accessory all-weather floor mats.

Toyota Sudden Acceleration: The Story Unfolds

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Reprinted from The Safety Record, Volume 7, Issue 1, April 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C. – After nearly seven years of complaints and quietly failed Toyota SUA investigations, the floodgates have opened. The last two months have brought more recalls, unprecedented press coverage, political and corporate theater, lawsuits, three new NHTSA investigations and a dribbling of old [...]

2010 Forecast: Toyota SUA Problems Continuing

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Reprinted from The Safety Record, Volume 6, Issue 6, December 2009 NEW YORK, NY— Toyota ended the old year trying to decisively shut the door on sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) problems in its Toyota and Lexus vehicles, but it’s unlikely that the automaker’s troubles are gone with 2009.

Sudden Unintended Acceleration Redux: The Unresolved Issue

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Reprinted from The Safety Record, Volume 6, Issue 3, June / July 2009 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – On February 5, 2007, Bulent and Anne Ezal were headed to lunch at the Pelican Point Restaurant in Pismo Beach, California. The restaurant is nestled on the edge of a cliff, affording dramatic views of the Pacific [...]