Tue February 8, 2011
The Two-Way

Government Investigation Finds No Electronic Flaw In Toyotas

A government investigation into reports of sudden, unintentional acceleration of Toyota vehicles found that there were no electronic flaws that explained the the incidents.

"We enlisted the best and brightest engineers to study Toyota's electronics systems and the verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended acceleration in Toyotas," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.

The AP reports:

Transportation officials and engineers with NASA say two mechanical safety defects previously identified by the government — sticking accelerator pedals and gas pedals that can become trapped in floor mats — are the only known causes for the reports of runaway Toyotas. Both issues were the subject of large recalls by Toyota.

The findings come after a 10-month study. Since the fall of 2009, Toyota has recalled more than 12 million vehicles globally. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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