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Toyota accidents. Driver's own fault?
There were many accidents involving Toyota cars. Did they happened because of technical defects or was it driver's own fault because they step on the gas instead of break in awkward situations?
I'm sure you're aware, the latest news is that the auto company tests have demonstrated that many of the drivers involved in accidents didn't touch their brakes, but did press their gas pedals. There goes a class action law suit.
I think that both theories are valid.
Replacing time-proven mechanical systems with "gee whiz, so kewl" electronics is asking for trouble. Yes, both your car electronics and your computer USUALLY work. But sometimes they don't. And when they don't, it is a much bigger problem to gain control in an emergency, and to diagnose and solve a problem, than if it was a mechanical problem.
With electronic systems and steering wheel ignition locks and other "smart" features and gee-gaws and other interlocks, your control in an electronics emergency is greatly diminished as compared to older mechanical system cars.
As to driver cause problems -- most all cars today have automatic shifting transmissions; there are only two pedals. Those can often be confused, especially during momentary stress.
Furthermore, in some cases, people ride the brake pedal with the left foot and the accelerator with the right. That can lead to trouble.
by thirdmillenium7 years ago
Have you ever caused an auto accident?Or been in one?I once nearly caused a train accident. My father, luckily, switched off the power supply!
by Ralph Deeds8 years ago
Looks like Toyota has a serious problem---http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerindex?id=8990979
by Joan16 years ago
Have you ever been injured in an accident (not your fault)?Did you get legal help to assist you?How did that work out for you?
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