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DOJ on Toyota Software Problem: No Comment - EE Times

EDITOR'S NOTE: This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ), through U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in the Southern District of New York (Manhattan), imposed a $1.2 billion penalty against the Toyota Motors Corporation for negligence and deception in a series of "unintended acceleration" accidents that resulted in as many as 93 fatalities in Toyota vehicles manufactured between 2003 and 2009. Inexplicably, the DOJ cited failures with floor mats and "sticky" accelerator pedals as the cause of more than 2,000 cases of unintended acceleration reported to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) since 1999. Several former NHTSA administrators, a large number of automotive safety experts and electronic engineers have long expressed doubts about the mats-and-pedals thesis and have said the focus should be on Toyota's electronic throttle control system. Among ...

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