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NASA clears Toyota of 'electronics flaws' in sudden acceleration cases

February 8, 2011 | 11:00 am

A NASA report on Toyota’s sudden acceleration found “no electronic flaws … capable of producing the large throttle openings required to create dangerous high-speed, unintended acceleration incidents.”

The report, released Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said that the mechanical safety defects identified more than a year ago -- including sticky accelerator pedals and pedals trapped by floor mats -- “remain the only known causes for these kinds of unsafe, unintended acceleration incidents.”

The report followed a 10-month study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which was brought in by NHTSA to review only the electronics.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said: “We enlisted the best and brightest engineers to study Toyota’s electronics system, and the verdict is in. There is no electronic-based cause for unintended, high-speed acceleration in Toyotas.”

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