NATIONAL – According the the Los Angeles Times (7/29, Bensinger, Vartabedian) reports that Toyota has often dismissed the data collected by its event data recorders as “unreliable” and collected by “unproven technology. … Now, facing continued claims that its vehicles are defective, Toyota appears to have done an about-face” and “has been citing data from black boxes in Toyota and Lexus vehicles to suggest that driver error, rather than mechanical or electronic defects, is causing sudden acceleration.
In court cases, regulatory filings and dealings with customers, Toyota has for years branded the devices -called event data recorders, or EDRs – as unreliable. It has also said the tools used to read the reports are prototypes. ‘It sounds duplicitous when all along Toyota has been saying this is unreliable, and now they are using it as their defense and they are not releasing the data to the public,’ said Henry Jasney, senior counsel at Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.”
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