Nobody asked me, but . . .
NASA has just published its report on Toyota unintended acceleration. I haven’t seen the full report, but the summary I have read has a familiar ring. And I predict that lunatics and skeptics are going to be far more likely to believe the space agency actually landed Americans on the moon than they will be willing to accept NASA’s findings that almost all cases of unintended acceleration, starting in the 1980s with Audi and now two and a half decades later with Toyota, are the result of pedal error.
Whether it was mangling Audi transmissions to induce UA or, more recently, crossing wires that are impossible to cross to cause Toyota engines to zoom out of control, the legal profession’s eagerness to mimic the tactics of Middle Age witch hunters and the willingness of some less than scrupulous engineers to sell-out their profession are appalling.
These lawyers and their engineer /scientist collaborators are running in circles chasing non-existent electronic ghosts. It’s time to let these ghosts rest in peace.
By the way, what has happened to complaints about unintended acceleration? Attorneys and pundits might say Toyota has swept them under the carpet. But they seem to have disappeared about as quickly as they surfaced. Were they simply an example of mass hysteria, psychosis or hypnosis? Or maybe the ghosts moved on to a parallel universe, leaving the Los Angeles Times scrambling to fill another black hole with its biased reporting.
Toyota is not completely blameless here. There were incidents with faulty pedals and throttles sticking as a result of tolerance stack-up under carpets.
But this ain’t rocket science.
And it’s about time to let Toyota get back to doing what it does best: selling high-quality products to appreciative customers around the world.