If Autoblog (via the Wall Street Journal) is correct, the NHTSA has completed their investigation into Toyota for unintended acceleration. Sources say that the ink on the report is dry, but the U.S. Department of Transportation is blocking the release of the data. Why? Probably because it confirms what we reported last month: aside from the legitimate issues of sticking pedal assemblies and floor mat entrapment, unintended acceleration is caused by driver error and not a ghost in the machine. Funny, but we went through this with the Audi 5000 back in 1989, and the NHTSA had no problem exonerating Audi when they completed their report.
If the DOT is to be believed, they require additional time to
blackball Toyota review the compiled data associated with the unintended acceleration issue. The former head of NHTSA’s recall division has confirmed that the majority of UA claims can be attributed to a wide open throttle and no application of the brakes; in other words, driver error. Still, rewarding Toyota by publishing this information is not in the best interests of the government. Why help a foreign manufacturer sell cars in the U.S. when the illusion of unsafe cars drives buyers to the domestics? Domestics who (in the case of GM and Chrysler) received federal bailout money.
As I’ve said before, I’m not defending Toyota, but I hate being lied to by my own government. It’s time that more people stood up and started asking questions, because things aren’t going to get better from here.