Toyota has been doing some research into the causes of many accelerator issues the company has had to face in the past year. Over 8 million recalls have been issued that relate to a ‘sticky’ accelerator pedal that seemed to get stuck on the floor mat.
Toyota has been investigating around 2000 reports where a crash had occurred due to some kind of accelerator problem and has found that many of the accidents happened as a result of driver error.
Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman in Torrance, spoke of the research results in a recent report,
“There are a variety of causes; pedal entrapment, sticky pedal, other foreign objects in the car” and “pedal misapplication,” Michels said.
When asked how many of the accidents, specifically, were caused simply by the driver applying the wrong pedal – accelerator instead of brake – Michels said, “Virtually all.”
Other investigations into the problem by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also found many accidents occurred when the accelerator pedal was open but the brake pedal hadn’t been touched.
On the contrary, the photo shows the pedal fairly jammed down due to the mat alone.