Friday, August 21, 2015

NHTSA'S White Wash!

NHTSA ignored 4,150 COMPLAINTS?

Toyota had received more than 37,900 complaints concerning the ETCS, which have been installed in Toyota-brand vehicles sold in the United States since 1998.

+ 37,900 complaints ignored by Toyota



Why do you think they would have settled? 

This man went to prison after his RUNAWAY TOYOTA KILLED OTHERS. 

see details on right] 

TOYOTA settled the case below with a CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT. 
Why? Was it because there were survivors who could testify about a RUNAWAY TOYOTA? 

There are many others. 

NHTSA won’t probe into Toyota unintended acceleration
David Shepardson, Detroit News Washington Bureau August 21, 2015

Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it will not open a formal investigation into unintended acceleration claims in Lexus and Toyota vehicles.

The denial is the second time this year the safety agency has refused to open a probe into unintended acceleration.

The petition filed by a California man was based on his interpretation of Event Data Recorder data from a crash his wife experienced in a 2009 Lexus ES350 vehicle and from two other crashes involving a 2010 Toyota Corolla and a 2009 Toyota Camry. NHTSA found that the three crashes were likely the result of using the accelerator — rather than the brake pedal — rather than sudden unintended acceleration.

"The petitioner's allegations regarding the three crashes are based upon several misconceptions about the manner in which the EDR samples and records pre-crash data in the ES350, Corolla and Camry vehicles. In each of the three crashes, the vehicles accelerated as the drivers were attempting to park the vehicles. All three accelerations occurred as the vehicles were entering the intended parking spaces and in the times and positions where driver braking should be initiated to safely park the vehicles," NHTSA said. "No braking was recorded in two of the crash events until the EDR trigger point... and in the third crash no braking was recorded at all."

NHTSA said the crashes "are all consistent with pedal misapplications by the driver mistaking the accelerator pedal for the brake when attempting to park the vehicle. In addition, contrary to the petitioner's assertion regarding previous studies by NHTSA and NASA, the issues raised in the petition are fully within the scope of prior studies which have carefully examined the subject of low-speed sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles equipped with electronic throttle control."

In May, NHTSA denied another petition that claims sudden unintended acceleration problems were occurring in up to 1.6 million Toyota Corollas.

NHTSA said it was closing its review without a full investigation of “low-speed surging” in 2006-2010 Corollas in which brakes fail to stop the car in time to prevent a crash.

The owner of a 2010 Corolla alleged that while parking, the Toyota collided with another parked car. The petition said a review of the NHTSA database found 163 reports in which drivers experienced low-speed power surges in the cars. NHTSA said it found no evidence the driver had applied the brakes.

NHTSA spent years investigating millions of Toyota vehicles for unintended acceleration issues linked to faulty floor mats and other issues. After four people were killed in a crash linked to an accelerator pedal that had been trapped by a floor mat, Toyota recalled more than 10 million vehicles worldwide because of the issue in 2009 and 2010. Several reviews have found no evidence that electronic glitches were to blame for unintended acceleration — but blamed the issues on mechanical interference like floor mats

In March 2014, Toyota paid a $1.2 billion fine to the Justice Department after it was charged with wire fraud. Toyota admitted it misled U.S. consumers by concealing and making deceptive statements to both consumers and regulators about the extent of sudden acceleration problems in 2009 and 2010, the Justice Department said, adding that Toyota minimized problems, misled regulators and provided inaccurate facts to Congress.  THIS REPORTER NEEDS TO READ THE SETTLEMENT! 

Toyota has radically revamped its safety practices since its recall crisis briefly forced the automaker to halt sales of nearly half of its vehicles and led to the company’s president, Akio Toyoda, to appear before Congress to apologize for the company’s handling of safety issues. The company’s safety reputation has dramatically rebounded and it has won high marks in recent quality surveys.


Toyota has settled numerous other suits connected to the problem, including a class-action settlement covering as many as 22 million current and former Toyota owners over sudden acceleration claims valued at as much as $1.63 billion.

NHTSA has been investigating other claims of unintended acceleration — an issue it has reviewed for 40 years, when it first opened an investigation into 60 million General Motors vehicles in 1978. The probe lasted eight years and was closed without finding a defect.

In June 2014, NHTSA said it was investigating 360,000 2012-2014 Nissan Versa cars after receiving four complaints in the U.S. that a trim panel had trapped the edge of the driver’s shoe. A fifth complaint was filed by a driver in a foreign country.

A complaint filed June 9 said a driver had to use their right hand to grab their leg and pull their foot free, almost causing a crash. The complainant included a photograph showing how the edge of the panel wedged itself in the driver’s work boot. That probe was upgraded to an engineering analysis in April.

In May 2014, Ford Motor Co. said it was recalling 82,500 driver’s side all-weather Ford floor mats that may be in 2006-11 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ cars. If improperly installed, the mats may come in contact with the accelerator pedal. Owners were asked to return the mats for a new set.

NHTSA has been investigating the floor mat issue for four years. The agency said it had 52 reports of problems with floor mats in its investigation of 480,000 2008-10 Fusion, Milan and MKZ cars. After NHTSA told Ford it was recommending a recall, Ford opted to recall the vehicles.

GEOTALK • (August 21, 2015)
We have been telling our story for 3 years to no avail. But wrong is wrong and
unanticipated acceleration happens. After we reported the incident to our insurance
company, Toyota shut down everything. They sent a tech to the dealership, and no one
was allowed to talk to him. He drove the car around the parking lot and pronounced it
good. Our Prius (many others do this) would always "skip" a little when stopping at places
with loose gravel. In this case, we were sitting completely still in a parking lot waiting for
my sister-in-law to park her car, when our car took off and flew over two barriers and
dropped 17 inches to the ground below. My foot was never on the accelerator. IF it had
been on the accelerator and even if the accelerator had been "floored" it still would not
have flown that far that fast. We have photos and witnesses, but Toyota will not
acknowledge this problem exists. Blaming it on the driver makes me ashamed of a
company I once respected. I filed a report with the NTSB...what else could I do?
Someday, someone will be sitting at a crosswalk, the car will lurch forward, kill people,
and the driver will be blamed. We had no other option, but to trade the car into Toyota
after we received a letter from them saying that there was nothing wrong with the car!
Maybe if enough people tell their stories someone will believe them

GEOTALK, can you contact me using FB? I have some info re: your situation. I'd like to link you with similarly-affected vocal individuals! Thanks!
The TROLL below is here to CENSOR you! I took a screenshot of your comment to tweet on Twitter because Toyota-protectors will be reporting your comment and falsely flagging it as they have ALL of us vocal ones;)
Ignore the anonymous defamers & provocateurs sent to discredit you! They wish to control the dialogue about TOYOTA SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION and silence us!

Jeep vehicles are WELL-KNOWN in terms of sudden unintended acceleration. Ask ANY car wash business. As a matter of fact, the Car Wash Association has a formal LIST of most likely vehicles to do this. Jeeps often TAKE OFF while inside these car washes!
There's a BIG hidden secret in the auto's called ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration! I thought that was just about FLOOR MATS and sticky pedals, or "driver error," right? That's certainly what TOYOTA would like you to continue to believe, BUT DON'T!
These ultra-complex new engines are completely computer driven. Software is needed to control the throttle system. You THINK you are giving gas when you press the accelerator, but you are only SUGGESTING this to the computer. In electronic SUA cases, the throttle software may be glitch-prone and NOT do as you wish.
What happens then? Well, the glitch may (and has for countless SUA victims) result in an OPEN THROTTLE situation. The brakes become INEFFECTIVE in these situations and crashes into storefronts, buildings, and homes have resulted.
What does the automaker say? They hook the vehicles up to the computer and declare NOTHING WRONG! They cite the EDR which has erroneous data and say YOU were NOT braking. They point the finger at you based on AGE, GENDER, MEDICAL history, prescription meds, etc. YOU name it, they've TRIED it!
Get the picture? And you THOUGHT the GM issue was big? Think again! This cover-up of ELECTRONIC SUA is scandalous and very well-orchestrated.
Why even a WHISTLEBLOWER has been legally harassed by Toyota as it does NOT want her Toyota internal docs posted online anymore. The automaker wants to intimidate and SILENCE her. It doesn't want the PUBLIC involved, for goodness sake!

There's a HUGE push to show driver "pedal misapplication" and much reference to this being a problem with "elderly" drivers. Drivers own complaints (showing remarkable similarity if one compares notes among these types of accidents) are discounted. Worse, drivers are discredited...some say even those who wish to keep the truth from surfacing.
Let's see...have we seen an automaker hide key safety-related information before? Have we seen any cases where the NHTSA has even covered for an automaker in such unconscionable actions? get the idea. THINK...why would an automaker wish to keep ELECTRONIC sudden unintended acceleration a secret? After all, isn't SUA history and just about pesky floor mats, sticky accelerator pedals, or better-yet driver error? NO! That's just what the automaker would like you to believe...and there's a HUGE economic reason for that, isn't there?
Unfortunately, what you do not know about ELECTRONICALLY-induced SUA can be an issue as many of the current SUA victims are learning the hard way. An electronic sudden unintended acceleration event can result (and has!) in jail time for the driver. Why? Speculation of "pedal misapplication" is all that is left when the historically-unreliable EDR (black box) shows no braking even when the driver has two feet on the brake and incurs foot damage (see Tanya Spotts Lexus case). The Toyota electronic throttle control system software glitch has been found not to leave a fault code. The vehicle brakes which did NOT function at the time of the ETCS-i software glitch show no signs of a failure mode. The DRIVER is assumed GUILTY and the vehicle is found fault-free. It continues to happen DAILY.
Absence of proof is NOT proof of absence. This electronic SUA problem is one that every driver should be concerned about. Drivers should be asking some tough questions of the automaker, Toyota specifically.
Let's not forget that these engines are complex and computer-driven. Electronics will have glitches. The important factor is how these glitches are handled within and what safety standards have been applied. An electronic software glitch which renders a fail-safe ineffective is totally unacceptable. Don't make assumptions that strict safety standards have been applied when they have not!
Azar Hadi was blocked by ABC from posting this: 
Thank you for telling your story and you are right if everybody told their story, maybe maybe then NHTSA will do something. Believe me you are not alone and you are not imagining it like Toyota would want you to believe. I am a victim of Lexus unintended acceleration and I unfortunately was not able to stop the runaway car and I was also very lucky that I did not kill anyone. I end up hitting an SUV head on totaling both cars and crushing my legs. 24 surgeries, disable and Toyota is claiming PEDAL CONFUSION. Why would anyone get confused is beyond me. SUDDEN UNINTENDED ACCELERATION is very real and it happens daily, killing, injuring and in some cases putting people in prison. No one seems to be able to stop is CRIMINAL corporation not even NHTSA.

This is AP's version of the White Wash: 

Agency Won't Open Probe Into Toyota Unintended Acceleration