Toyota and Audi: is unintended accelerationor just HACKING?

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Toyota and Audi: is unintended accelerationor just HACKING?

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TonyGosling wrote:Another assassination tool?
This time called an Audi
Not as much publicity as Toyota because of high paid lawyers
Another brilliant documentary the BBC haven't made
https://sites.google.com/site/audimodel ... celeration

Audi 5000 unintended acceleration
Sales in the United States fell after a series of recalls from 1982 to 1987 of Audi 5000 models associated with reported incidents of sudden unintended acceleration linked to six deaths and 700 accidents. At the time, NHTSA was investigating 50 car models from 20 manufacturers for sudden surges of power.

A 60 Minutes report aired 23 November 1986, featuring interviews with six people who had sued Audi after reporting unintended acceleration, showing an Audi 5000 ostensibly suffering a problem when the brake pedal was pushed. Subsequent investigation revealed that 60 Minutes had engineered the failure – fitting a canister of compressed air on the passenger-side floor, linked via a hose to a hole drilled into the transmission.

Audi contended, prior to findings by outside investigators, that the problems were caused by driver error, specifically pedal misapplication. Subsequently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded that the majority of unintended acceleration cases, including all the ones that prompted the 60 Minutes report, were caused by driver error such as confusion of pedals. CBS did not acknowledge the test results of involved government agencies, but did acknowledge the similar results of another study.

With the series of recall campaigns, Audi made several modifications; the first adjusted the distance between the brake and accelerator pedal on automatic-transmission models. Later repairs, of 250,000 cars dating back to 1978, added a device requiring the driver to press the brake pedal before shifting out of park. A legacy of the Audi 5000 and other reported cases of sudden unintended acceleration are intricate gear stick patterns and brake interlock mechanisms to prevent inadvertent shifting into forward or reverse.

Audi's U.S. sales, which had reached 74,061 in 1985, dropped to 12,283 in 1991 and remained level for three years. – with resale values falling dramatically. Audi subsequently offered increased warranty protection and renamed the affected models – with the 5000 becoming the 100 and 200 in 1989 – and only reached the same sales levels again by model year 2000.

A 2010 BusinessWeek article – outlining possible parallels between Audi's experience and 2009–2010 Toyota vehicle recalls – noted a class-action lawsuit filed in 1987 by about 7,500 Audi 5000-model owners remains unsettled and is currently being contested in county court in Chicago after appeals at the Illinois state and U.S. federal levels.
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Toyota settles acceleration case after $3 million jury verdict
by Chris Isidore @CNNMoney October 25, 2013: 2:27 PM ET
toyota camry crash
A jury has awarded $3 million in the case of a fatal crash involving this Toyota Camry.
https://money.cnn.com/2013/10/25/news/c ... index.html

Toyota has agreed to pay the driver and the survivors of a passenger killed in a 2007 Camry crash the driver claimed was caused by the car accelerating on its own.

The settlement was reached the day after a $3 million jury verdict that was the first court loss for Toyota in an unintended acceleration case. On Thursday, the Oklahoma City jury awarded $1.5 million each to the injured woman and the survivors of the woman who was killed.

The jury also found Toyota liable of "reckless disregard" for the public's safety. It was due to start consider whether Toyota would pay additional punitive damages to the victims. But the plaintiffs' lawyers announced Friday they had reached a settlement with Toyota for an undisclosed amount that would cover both the damages and the potential punitive payout.

"While we strongly disagree with the verdict, we are satisfied that the parties reached a mutually acceptable agreement to settle this case," said Toyota in a statement. "We will continue to defend our products vigorously at trial in other legal venues."

According to plaintiff attorney Cole Portis, Toyota continues to deny it was at fault in the settlement. But he said the agreement ends the chance for Toyota to appeal the verdict and will get the money for the elderly plaintiffs without delay.

"We are fully convinced that Toyota's conduct from the time the electronic throttle control system (ETCS) was designed has been shameful" said Portis. "We appreciate that the jury had the courage to let Toyota and the public know that Toyota was reckless. Hopefully, Toyota will recall all of their questionable vehicles and install a computer that will be safe."

Toyota has already agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a class-action suit by car owners who saw the resale value of their cars decline. A little more than half of the settlement went toward installing a "brake override" system in affected vehicles. But that settlement does not cover cases in which personal injury or death occurred. According to financial filings, the automaker still faces more than 700 unintended acceleration cases.

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Incidents of unintended acceleration were a major problem for Toyota in 2010, forcing it to temporarily halt both production and sales of eight of its models, and to recall 2.3 million vehicles. The recall caused significant damage to Toyota's reputation for vehicle quality and safety, and hurt its market share even after it resumed selling the recalled models.

Toyota eventually paid more than $66 million to U.S. safety regulators in four separate fines after an intensive 10-month federal investigation into the problem. Authorities found no fault with the automaker's electronic throttle control systems, but they did conclude Toyota failed to report in a timely manner problems with floor mats that held down the accelerator pedal, as well as faulty gas pedals that got stuck.

Related; Toyota Corolla struggles in new crash test

The Japanese carmaker has started to recover some of its lost market share, and recaptured its title as the world's top automaker in 2012. But Thursday's verdict is an unwanted reminder of its recent problems.
Small cars perform poorly in crash tests

The crash involved Jean Bookout, who was driving the 2005 Camry, and her passenger Barbara Schwarz. They were driving near Lake Eufaula in Oklahoma when the car started to accelerate. Bookout, who was 76 at the time of the accident, said she not only used the brake but the emergency brake to try to stop the car.

Toyota lawyers in the case argued that Bookout must have hit the gas rather than the brake. But the plaintiff's attorneys argued that there were 150 feet of skid marks at the scene of the accident.

Related: Tesla doges full investigation after fiery crash

The plaintiff's attorneys argued the accident was caused by defects in Toyota's electronic throttle control system, specifically in the embedded computer system. While Toyota cited the federal probe that found no fault with the electronic control system, the jury was not convinced.
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