According to WSJ
"Toyota has said its latest problem happened because condensation from
heaters caused increased friction in the gas pedal, making it stick in
some cases, making the problem a mechanical one and not an issue of
But some critics are questioning why Toyota's system didn't include a
brake override system to stop the vehicles.
Auto makers "are at a point now where their ability to design is
outpacing their ability to verify," said Sean Kane, president of
Safety Research and Strategies Inc., a safety investigation and
advocacy group. "As car electronics increase in number, problems are
According to published reports Toyota management has been aware of the
problem since 2008. As we all know warranty complaints must go through the
system for reimbursement, before the dealers are paid for their work. How
could management not know of the problem?
It would be interesting to learn who covered up the discovery and
failed to pass it on to his superior, or, what was the assessment that
ignored this deficiency. Perhaps more importantly, is how did this
failure occur ? Did the CAE/FEA fail somewhere, or was it in the
implementation/ integration of the assembly into the design? But then
again, we have to remember the corporate intregal component known as
jaded thinking that gave us exploding gas tanks in the 70s.
Just think of the GM customers rolling into Toyota to get their GM
fixed. Wonder which car they will buy next time? Good way for Toyota
to cherry pick customers, come to Toyota to get your GM Vibe fixed.
BTW, I hear Ford too bought from this US CAW supplier, and Chrylser is
pretty quiet. Looks to be a growing problem not specific to Toyota as
you would have others believe.
On 29/01/2010 1:37 PM, Mike Hunter wrote:
If those engines failed catastrophically (which some did), then they may
have been responsible for some deaths.
We had one that failed this way. While it was not perceived to be a safety
problem, that might well have been the result in some cases... And it went
on without correction for the better part of a decade.
Not only does GM have cracking manifolds:
The title should read as I have fixed it.
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