The recent batch of recalls surrounding Toyota has not been good for the Japanese automaker, we know that the problem was due to a fault with the gas pedal – it was not certain if it was a mechanical or an electrical problem though. Critis have already made their mind up about the recall, but Toyota is to dispute that during their webcast on Monday at 1 p.m. EST.
One critic has suggested that it was not a faulty gas pedal that causes sudden acceleration; Associated Press reports that Toyota is to debunk that suggestion. The automaker will try to re-create the same scenario that professor David W. Gilbert created at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He was able to cause the car to suddenly accelerate by manipulating the Toyota electronics.
Toyota is to argue that the scenario created by Gilbert was “unrealistic under real-world conditions,” and could be produced easily on a number of other vehicles. However, Toyota has felt the need to hire a consulting firm to see if an electrical problem could actually cause sudden acceleration.