Toyota Recall: Live Webcast to Dispute Critics

By Peter Chubb - Mar 8, 2010

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.

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  • All Car Companies should have came forward with a full disclosures of what car were dangerous. Instead of waiting for a huge media blitz and tons of public pressure. I never seen so many car companies GM – NISSAN – TOYOTA – HYUNDAI having recalls all at the same time. I had no idea my car was affected until I looked on and found I had a bad Anti Lock control unit on my 2008 Pontiac G8 , my co workers Ford Truck had a recall also. So be careful

  • Realhuman

    Toyota (and/or their lawyers, consultants, etc) have only devised a slick way to mischaracterize Dr. Gilbert's findings and present them in a fashion that attempts to misdirect their own customers. In fact, what they are doing is proving that What Dr. Gilbert testified to was correct. That REGARDLESS of what may cause a sudden or unintended acceleration event, the event might, in some cases, go undetected by the car's computer allowing the throttle to open wide without shutting or slowing down the engine, a claim that Toyota has falsely and repeatedly stated could NEVER happen. Please don't be fooled. Your life, you children's lives and the lives of others around are worth too much and the only thing that continuing to drive these cars will do is stroke Toyoda's ego and line his pockets. He does not care what happens to you, despite the camera-ready tears and not-so-deep bows.