Toyota: no fault with throttle

2011-02-10 00:00

A JOINT report between the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) yesterday cleared Toyota of any concerns that its electronic throttle control system is at fault in reported cases of unintended acceleration.

The report, released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Transport, indicates that no vehicle-based cause of unintended acceleration was found, other than those addressed by Toyota in recent recall programmes.

Complaints about unintended acceleration forced Toyota to recall 8 million vehicles and found itself under investigation by Congress.

Toyota said later that the result of the investigation confirms the reliability of its electronic throttle control systems.

Dr Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors and a managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, said he believes the development “will contribute to our programme of listening to our customers and restoring their trust in the safety and reliability of our vehicles. We will continue to focus on quality and on ensuring that our vehicles offer the highest possible safety standard, and in doing so, also offer peace of mind to our customers.”

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