01 April 2010 /
TOYOTA WELCOMES US ELECTRONIC
CONTROL SYSTEMS INVESTIGATION
A planned US investigation of the electronic control systems in all makes of vehicles should reassure drivers worldwide, says Toyota New Zealand.
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced yesterday experts at the National Academy of Sciences will carry out a broad 15-month review intended to shed light on claims of unintended acceleration.
Paul Carroll, General Manager of After Sales for Toyota New Zealand, says most drivers in New Zealand are aware of reports on this issue from the US market.
"To have independent scientists of the highest calibre examining all aspects of the issues around electronics, and on all makes of vehicles, is excellent."
"It is obviously important drivers have confidence that when they get behind the wheel, their safety and that of their passengers is not at risk."
Despite months of detailed analysis in the US by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] experts, Toyota engineers, and an independent engineering consultancy, no faults have been found in Toyota electronic control systems.
Mr LaHood also announced yesterday nine NASA engineers have been asked to help the NHTSA's investigation, which is due to be completed in October.
The NASA engineers are experts in computer controlled electronic systems, electromagnetic interference, and software integrity.
"We have the upmost confidence in the systems and safety of Toyota vehicles, and the more comprehensive and wide ranging these investigations are the more assurance our customers can take from them," said Paul Carroll.
For more information, please contact:
Paul Carroll, Toyota New Zealand General Manager After Sales on (06) 3503 403 or 0292 442752.