Toyota Recalls May Not Solve Acceleration Problem
Testimony in the House Energy and Commerce Committees hearing into safety issues ended with no definitive answers. In fact, Toyota USA President Jim Lentz left people with more questions.
During his testimony, Lentz acknowledged the runaway car problem had not been fixed and that the recall on carpet changes and sticky pedals were not definitive solutions. Lentz never did say what he thinks is causing the problem and the best he could do was to promise that the company will continue to study the issue.
The hearing also included testimony from victims. One woman painted a frightening and chaotic experience of slamming on the brakes and throwing the car into reverse during a runaway incident, both attempts were unsuccessful in stopping the car.
The same woman said she brought this issue to Toyotas attention, but was ignored. She went on to say that Toyota called her a liar and accused her of ruining her own brakes and transmission.
Department of Transportations Ray LaHood testified that DOT investigations would focus on the Toyotas electronics systems.
According to the New York Times, over 8 million Toyota vehicles have been recalled due to accelerator issues.
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