February 8, 2010


Posted: 07:06 PM ET

By Drew Griffin, David Fitzpatrick and Steve Turnham

Some experts blame electronic throttle controls for Toyota's automotive problems.
Some experts blame electronic throttle controls for Toyota's automotive problems.

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (CNN) - In his hectic, noisy laboratory at the
University of Maryland, Michael Pecht is wary when it comes to assessing
whether Toyota's suggested repair of sticky gas pedals will have any real

"They are in a bit of a quandary," Pecht, a professor at Maryland's Clark
School of Engineering, told CNN. "If they announce that electronics is a
problem, they are probably going to be in a lot of trouble, because nobody's
going to drive the car. So at this stage , they don't want to announce there is
any electronic problem."

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Also check out this test video by the NHTSA

Filed under: Special Investigations Unit

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jonathon phillips   February 8th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Growing up as a kid I use to get really irritated when mom would do her sewing on a Saturday morning or dad would cut the grass with that old beat up lawn mower. It uses to fuzz up the TV and mess up my cartoons. Later in live I got in to “C.B.” radios. I use to irritate my neighbor because I would come over all the electronics in his house. My radio had a big amplifier on it so I could talk to people really far away. Just the other day I was loading a truck with product to be shipped out when the drive got freaked out because his remote power locks for his truck were locking and unlocking by themselves. We later found out that an oversized load of windmill parts that was passing right in front of the shop was the cause. Apparently they have some kind of remote steering rig on the tail end of the boom and it frequency was close to the remote for the truckers locks. We live in a technologically advance world where we can do almost anything at the push of a button. It would not surprise me one bit if the cause is some mundane thing that we over look and use every day in our lives. On the flip side of the coin, we strive to pump out the produces for everybody to use every day that some design flaw like a bad chip, poorly located heat sink or an improperly shielded wire could be the cause. Long gone are the days of carburetor linkage rod’s, if the gas pedal got stuck you just had to put your toe under the peddle and lift up

Wanda McLean   March 23rd, 2010 6:49 am ET

This Toyota problem is older than most people think. My 1987 MR2 ran away with me 3 times when it was new, and it has a manual transmission. I took out the floor mats and stopped "flooring" the gas pedal, and it quit running away with me. However, that does not change the fact that I had to switch it off to make it stop. The first time it happened, I was getting onto the expressway, so I had the gas pedal almost all the way to the floor when it took off on its own. Luckily I had time to think about what I should do. First I put it in neutral, but of course the engine kept running faster and faster, so then I just switched it off and coasted to a stop on the side of the expressway. It was very frightening!

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