It seems the whole big world is being turned upside down. Even the Wall Street Journal is being called into question. A few days ago, the journal reported that the crash data obtained by the U.S Department of Transportation blamed drivers, not the car, for the Toyota wrecks.

Yet, we are now hearing that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the DOT have no official word on the findings and never talked to the Wall Street Journal. So who was the source?

According to Just-Auto, an unnamed source inside the NHTSA said that it was Toyota that planted the story and that Toyota was the source. The spokesperson seemed very sure as well, stating that they definitely know Toyota was the source for the story.

According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland has said there are still months of work to complete the findings.

Toyota has declined to comment on the story, but they said they did read the articles.

We all know that Toyota is close to the NHTSA and the DOT, so there is a good chance that it was Toyota that released the findings a bit early. Yet, since nothing official has come out, we don’t know for sure.

A very odd story indeed. Toyota may need to just lay low for a little bit.

UPDATE 07/15/2010: Toyota spokesperson Mike Michels said that Toyota was not implying that all the incidents were driver error. In total, around 2,000 vehicles suffered from unintended acceleration.

According to The New York Times, Mikels said that most of the cases involved floor mats and only small amounts were due to sticking accelerators.

He also said "in instances where they reported having their foot on the brake pedal, there is very clear evidence that this is pedal misapplication."

This is the first time that Toyota has acknowledged that the sudden-acceleration complaints were mostly false, though they didn’t give a number of incidents caused by the problem.

Toyota has said that there investigation is still ongoing and the NHTSA claims that they have reached no final conclusions. No evidence of electronic failure has been found.


Source: Just-Auto, Detroit Free Press

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  (462) posted on 03.10.2011

Totally nonsense! I don’t believe on such fabricated stories circulated unless it was confirmed by Toyota. I think it was just a miscommunication, but whoever spread the news, I guess it showed some proof that this issue should not be missed by the public. Are there any developments on this issue? You should have follow up reports.

  (613) posted on 02.16.2011

I hope by this time, all of the problems in Toyota were already resolved. Its 2011, and they have to move on.

  (221) posted on 09.13.2010

It was just a media mixed up.

  (780) posted on 09.7.2010

I love this story and its getting better and better. Obviously, its like a cheesy car reality show. Hm! I guess we’ll see about this until the national media gets a hold of this.

  (806) posted on 07.20.2010

So how do we know this unname spoke women is the telling the true about another unname source. Wtf has news come too where some two unname person can say something and then we have two story.

  (798) posted on 07.19.2010

that’s what might happened to a company like Toyota.

  (515) posted on 07.18.2010

Wow, whoever is buying this crap is just as stupid as the ones who went along with their previous allegations against Toyota. This is just sad, and yet people still believe this corporation-controlled mass media garbage.

  (808) posted on 07.16.2010

I love this story and its getting better and better. Obviously, its like a cheesy car reality show. Hm! I guess we’ll see about this until the
national media gets a hold of this.

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