Just look at these headlines!
And how about these?
- “Inquiry on Auto Acceleration Expanded by U .S.,” New York Times
- “Cars That Speed Up Mysteriously Spark Bitter Dispute Over Cause,” Wall Street Journal
- “Runaway Cars,” Detroit News
Boy, doesn’t Toyota have problems?
- “Car Plows into Park, Killing 3 & Injuring Dozens,” New York Times
- “Car Kills Woman At Market,” Post-Standard
- “Sudden Acceleration May Be the Cause of Recent Accidents…,” Corporate Crime Reporter
Maybe not. That first set of headlines was from an earlier “epidemic” of sudden accelerations thought to be caused by Ford automobiles. The second set was blamed on Audi.
These sudden — then called “unintended” — accelerations happened in the mid-1980s to early 1990s. They were so popular that CBS’s 60 Minutes, in a now infamous segment, “televised a sensational demonstration in which a rigged Audi 5000 was coaxed into accelerating without any hint of pressure on the gas pedal.” They later had to issue a “correction.”
Complaints of unintended acceleration to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were not unusual and were associated with cars of almost every make and model. But after the media reported a cluster of accidents involving first Fords, then Audis, more complaints about those cars were subsequently received.
The unintended accelerations were thought to be caused by everything from electromagnetic interference to sticking gas pedals. But the NHTSA investigated and found: “The major cause appears to have been drivers’ unknowingly stepping on the accleratator [sic] instead of the brake pedal.”
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