Back in March, I asked Matt Briggs to examine the Toyota sudden-acceleration accidents statistically to see if there was really an engineering problem with the cars.
He didn’t think so.
Today, NTHSA released their results. Indeed, there’s no evidence of Toyota problems.
(More at Cato.)
But the purpose of the accusation was served. The masters of Government Motors and Chrysler inserted enough doubt in the minds of people about Toyota.
I’m so glad Toyota’s been vindicated. But they’re a few hundred million dollars poorer for having to pay off all those “claims.”
My family has owned Toyotas since 1985. We never thought of trading our current cars when this malarkey started.
Aside from UAW sabotage, I believe the oil-price spike-induced influx of many first time Toyota drivers played the major role in the increase of the accelerator incidents. If they were converts from GM, Ford and Crapler, they probably were used to a heavy-foot high-power machine.
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