Toyota Fix Fixes Nothing: Drivers

Owners report sudden acceleration even after recall service
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2010 1:29 PM CST
A worker installs an accelerator into a new Camry in Georgetown, Ky.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Some Toyota owners who should be at ease after recall service to repair sudden acceleration issues are anything but. Seven complaints have been filed with the NHTSA complaining that the problem is still occurring even after the fix. Seven more owners have reported other wackiness following service. There’s “doubt out there that the solutions Toyota has put forward really fix the problem,” an analyst tells the Los Angeles Times.

An expert surmises that the installation of brake override software, intended to stop a car when the brake and accelerator are depressed simultaneously, is actually causing the problems by complicating the vehicles’ computers. “These fixes are not dealing with the root causes,” he says. A Toyota spokeswoman responded vaguely to the complaints. “If there was an accident, we want to see the vehicle and the driver and the accident report.”

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