Toyota Dismisses Prof's Claim of Faulty Electronics

Experiment by David Gilbert, ABC was 'completely unrealistic'
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2010 9:30 PM CST
Toyota engineer Matthew Schwall performs a pedal test on a BMW during a live webcast today.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Toyota fired back today at the professor who claimed before Congress and in an ABC News report that faulty electronics are to blame for the acceleration problems plaguing an ever-increasing numbers of the company’s vehicles. David Gilbert sent an extra charge into a Toyota, which caused the engine to race but wasn’t recognized as a danger by its onboard computer; Toyota calls the scenario “completely unrealistic,” and replicated the results on competitors’ vehicles.

“Toyota really chipped away at the evidence provided by Dr. Gilbert during the congressional hearings,” one industry expert tells the Washington Post. “Toyota demonstrated today that Gilbert’s hardware test does not provide a uniform probable cause for all unintended acceleration claims.”

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