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http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101004/RETAIL05/101009952/1147
Toyota Motor Corp. said today it hasn’t found any evidence its electronic throttle control caused unintended acceleration after engineers and technicians investigated more than 4,000 U.S. vehicles whose drivers made such complaints.

“Toyota has not found a single case in which electronics would lead to sudden unintended acceleration,” Steve St. Angelo, Toyota’s North American chief quality officer, said in a conference call. Toyota has reviewed 4,200 individual acceleration-related complaints so far, he said.

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So adding the plates to the pedals was unnecessary and a waste of money?
Fixing the pedals was necessary and is a separate issue from the throttle-by-wire computer under the hood of the car. The pedal converts the mechanical action to an electrical signal that is fed to computer.

Unintended acceleration may be caused by a stuck pedal -- which is a mechanical problem -- providing a high signal to the throttle (this could happen to any car, not just Toyotas); or it may be caused by an electronics problem in the computer itself. There were a number of people -- including the college professor that ABC News talked to -- claiming that Toyota had a electronics problem in the computer.

What Toyota is now saying -- after doing investigations of 4000 cars that its drivers claimed had an unintended acceleration problem -- that they cannot find an electronics problem in the throttle-by-wire computer.
 
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