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NHTSA: Electronics Flaws did not Cause Toyota Acceleration


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You're confusing two different claims made against Toyota: one was that some accessory floormats caught on the pedal (that was acknowledged and corrected) and the other was that there was some computer bug that floored the throttle. The media lapped up the latter claim: witness the Balloon Boy guy in California who got on national television. However it has now been found to have been completely spurious.

No I'm not confusing anything because there was a third cause:

I thought there was still a physical issue with the electronic gas pedal where the friction points used to simulate a real gas pedal's feel would actually have too much friction and the pedal would not return to an idle state when the foot was removed.

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I thought there was still a physical issue with the electronic gas pedal where the friction points used to simulate a real gas pedal's feel would actually have too much friction and the pedal would not return to an idle state when the foot was removed.

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Yes, that caused the pedal to return slowly, but it was not responsible for any crashes or accidents. The floor mats, however, were.

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