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British engineers claim EMI could be responsible for Toyota’s unintended acceleration problems

03/24/2010, 2:08 PMBY DREW JOHNSON

Toyota has maintained that its unintended accelerations problems are not to blame on faulty electronics, but three British engineers claim to have evidence to the contrary. The UK-based consultants claim that Toyota’s unintended acceleration problems could stem from electromagnetic interference, or EMI.

Although Toyota claims it rigorously tests its electronics for EMI weaknesses, the British trio says not all of Toyota’s electronics are shielded against EMI. Moreover, the group says such faults wouldn’t necessary be detected by Toyota’s testing procedures.

“Thirty years’ empirical evidence overwhelmingly points to (sudden acceleration) being caused by electronic system faults undetectable by inspection or testing,” said Keith Armstrong, an engineering consultant from the United Kingdom, said.

Armstrong, along with his colleagues Antony Anderson and Brian Kirk, will meet with National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations officials on Thursday.

Toyota continues to stand behind its electronic throttle control system, saying: “Toyota engineers have comprehensively tested our ETCS under both normal and abnormal conditions including electromagnetic interference, and we have never found a single case of unintended acceleration due to a defect in the system.”


http://www.leftlanenews.com/british-engineers-claim-emi-responsible-for-toyota-unintended-acceleration-problems.htmlExpect to hear more on the subject in the coming days.

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