Sudden acceleration studied

  • 07-Apr-2010 03:51 EDT
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Toyota in February introduced an anti-friction measure for accelerator pedals on recalled models.

Toyota’s recent sudden-acceleration problems have spawned action by a number of entities, including the one with the hammer. NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) on April 5 announced it is seeking the maximum civil penalty of $16.4 million against the automaker for “failing to notify [the agency] of the dangerous ‘sticky pedal’ defect for at least four months, despite knowing of the potential risk to consumers." It would be the largest civil penalty ever assessed against an automaker by NHTSA. On March 30, the agency said it would launch two major investigations, including one involving NASA engineers to address the Toyota problem and another involving the National Academy of Sciences to study sudden acceleration in general. Edmunds.com has announced it will award $1 million to researchers who determine “what is really causing sudden acceleration in vehicles.” General Motors Co. on April 4 announced that it will expand use of “enhanced smart pedal” technology globally to all passenger cars with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control, "providing an additional safeguard to enhance customer confidence."

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