I recently wrote about Toyota’s saga and that drivers should take a little more responsibility in the control of their vehicles. Seems I was right. According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Department of Transportation has analysed a number of data recorders from the crashed vehicles in question and explains that “early results suggest that some drivers who said their Toyotas and Lexuses surged out of control were mistakenly flooring the accelerator when they intended to jam on the brakes”. Only one single Lexus crash last August was attributed to a floor mat wedging the accelerator pedal open. The reason for the bad press against Toyota is obvious: why admit to crashing your car when you can blame somebody else?
Motor cars are receiving bad enough press as it is so let’s stop blaming the tools like the proverbial poor workman. Toyota naturally had to be seen to react to the potential issue and has since recalled over eight million vehicles to address mat/pedal issues. The net result of this cost and the outcome of reduced sales is likely to be that anyone wanting a Toyota in the future will have to pay just that little bit more for it. That would be the selfish few spoiling it for everyone else, then.Tweet