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9 : Sudden Acceleration Links & References (Main Page)

9.1. How a cruise control system works
9.2. General background
(Incl papers and patents)
9.3. Miscellaneous material on sudden acceleration
(Viewpoints, Countries etc)
9.4. NHTSA
(Complaints Database,
Reports, Recalls)

Audi - BMW   - Chrysler/
Jeep  - Daewoo  - Ford
  - Gen  Motors  -
Honda - Hyundai/Kia -
Jaguar - Land Rover  - 
Mercedes -
Mitsubishi  -
Nissan   -
Renault    -
Toyota  -
Lexus  -
9.6. Alternatives to cruise control - EP1375 233 A1

Latest Google News on Toyota Sudden Accelerations

Toyota Sudden Acceleration Videos

August 27 2012 : 2011 Kia Sorento Unintended Acceleration Mishap Sends Woman To 120 MPH Across Iowa; Kia Investigates The "Isolated Incident" iMotor Times

March 1st 2012: Experts: Translated Toyota memo shows electronic acceleration concern
By David Fitzpatrick and Drew Griffin, CNN Special Investigations Unit
Associated documentation published by CNN

December 7th 2011: Freedom of Information Act :Safety Research & Strategies Takes DOT and NHTSA Transparency Battle to Court; Sues for Toyota Investigation Documents

September 2011 Tin whisker effects reported in automobile accelerator pedal sensors
  • Sept 23rd 2011 CALCE : Prediction of Potential Failures Risks in Toyota Vehicles Confirmed by NASA Scientists  Investigations of Toyota vehicles have revealed tin whiskers in a critical component of their vehicle engine control system. At the September CALCE Conference on Tin Whiskers, Henning Leidecker and his team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, who are recognized experts on electronic device failure and tin whiskers, presented their studies of tin whiskers on Toyota vehicles. They determined that the risk of failure due to tin whisker shorting in affected Toyota vehicles can be on the order of 50 to 150 per million. This figure agrees with the number reported in a recently published scientific journal article [Sood et al.] written by CALCE researchers Bhanu Sood, Michael Osterman, and Michael Pecht. They assessed the probability of a tin whisker–induced electrical short to be 140 per 1 million, based on whisker growth statistics.
August 2nd 2011 Police Cruiser stops runaway Ford Expedition - Huntsville TX
Video report from Click2Houston.com : Gatlin Jeter said he couldn't stop his SUV last Saturday as he sped toward downtown Huntsville at 60 mph. He called 911 and emergency dispatchers called police for help. Sam Houston State University patrol officer Rocky Carrell heard the call and used his police SUV to stop Gatlin's Ford Expedition. See also this article

July 27th 2011
Florida court accuses Ford Motor Co. of hiding deadly sudden acceleration glitch St Petersburg Times

For the first time, a Florida court has found validity in decades of complaints by drivers that faulty electronics can cause their cars to rocket out of control. In doing so, a 5th Circuit Court judge has accused Ford Motor Co. of hiding or destroying records of its own engineers' concerns about sudden acceleration caused by electronics — instead blaming accidents on drivers inadvertently hitting the gas pedal. If upheld, one attorney predicted thousands of old cases brought by drivers of runaway cars could be reopened.  Stimpson v. Ford Motor Co., 2004-CA-13, Circuit Court for Sumter County, Florida (Bushnell). See Court Order

March 15th 2010
South Carolina's highest court overturns an $18 million verdict against Ford Motor Co. in a fatal crash, ruling that one expert shouldn't have been allowed to testify about cruise-control problems.       Wall Street Journal           SC Supreme Court Opinion                                   

August 7th 2006 Greenville, SC
A Greenville County jury handed down an $18 million dollar verdict in a lawsuit against Ford Motor Company.

December 15th 2009 circa 12.40 pm: Melbourne Australia
: Cruise Control Glitch causes a ride of  terror.A motorist thought he was going to die during a terrifying ride through Melbourne's eastern suburbs after his cruise control jammed.Chase Weir, 22, was forced to dodge cars during his 30-minute ordeal after his Ford Explorer became stuck on 80km/h.The car's computer malfunctioned when he attempted to take the Burke Road exit from Kew to Greensborough about 12.40pm today.Mr Weir's attempts to stop the vehicle — including braking, shifting the car out of gear and even removing the keys — proved futile as he desperately dialled triple-0 on his mobile phone, The Age reports.Two police cars found the out-of-control 4WD and attempted to clear a path along the Eastlink roadway.But the driver was forced to veer onto the wrong side of the road to avoid banked-up traffic near Monash University's Frankston campus."That's pretty much when I thought, 'I'm dead'," Mr Weir told told Nine News.  Nine News Video Report  ABC News radio interview

Staten Island Advance -
Thursday March 27, 2008
Staten Island jury holds Ford liable in fatal crash, awards $6.5M
Staten Island jury today awarded $6.5 million to the widow and estate of a Boy Scout leader  killed eight years ago when his Ford Explorer went out of control and rolled over.

March 5th 2006: 1998 BMW 318
A motorist was trapped in his car driving at almost 130mph for 60 miles after the accelerator jammed on the A1 in Yorkshire

 Click on the links below to take you to information relating to sudden acceleration incidents, recalls and litigation ,manufacturer by manufacturer.

Audi - BMW  - Chrysler incl.  Jeep - DaewooFord - General Motors -
Honda  -  Hyundai/Kia -  Jaguar - Land Rover - MercedesMitsubishi - Nissan -
Toyota - Toyota/LexusVolvo
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Sudden Acceleration & The Myth of Driver

Sudden Acceleration - The Myth of  Driver Error
"The subject of this book involves defects that can cause motor vehicles to suddenly accelerate, often from standstill, when the driver is not touching the accelerator pedal..."
Summary & Purchase details

0: Cruise Control Home
2:What is Cruise Control?
3: Principles
4: Functional aspects
5: What is Sudden Acceleration?
6: Incidence & Examples
7: Internal 
failure mechanisms
8: Discussion
of  Failure Mechanisms
9: Links & References


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