The Case for Driver Error in Unintended Acceleration

March 15th, 2010 at 9:02am


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There has been a lot of talk about electronic faults or a “ghost in the machine” when discussing Toyota’s recent unintended acceleration crisis. But, unintended acceleration has been occurring since long before cars were drive-by-wire as so many are today. Could it be that the problem is a matter of driver error, which happens to be more prevalent due to the placement of Toyota’s pedals? John McElroy tries out one scenario in a Lexus IS 250 C.

One Comment to “The Case for Driver Error in Unintended Acceleration”

  1. John Sunderland Says:

    If indeed pedal misapplication (human error)is the predominant cause of unintended acceleration, and if Edmonds.com correctly analyzed NHTSA data in reference to the discrepency in complaints of unintended acceleration by manufacturer, does it not follow that drivers of Toyota vehicles are more than five times as likely to be klutzy than are GM vehicle drivers?