Toyota: Not an electronic problem

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - For 10 months, NASA Scientists put Toyotas to the test. Trying to decide if the runaway Toyotas were caused by electronics. Toyota has denied that from the beginning.

Engineers pored through 280,000 lines of software code. They concluded the software did not do it.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood explained, "that comes after one of the most exhaustive, thorough and intensive research efforts ever taken."

According to consumer data gathered by the U.S. government, 34 deaths have been connected to sudden acceleration in Toyotas since 2000.

Government officials had already been able to pin the cause of acceleration on sticking accelerator pedals and gas pedals that can become trapped in floor mats.

Today, scientists says they have found "no electronic based cause of unintended high speed acceleration."

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he stands behind that conclusion with his own family, "I told my daughter she should buy the Toyota sienna. I think that illustrates we think Toyota vehicles are safe to drive."

More than 12 million vehicles have been recalled globally since fall 2009.

Take a look to see if your car is on the list:

2000-2004 Avalon

2005-2006 Avalon

2005-2010 Avalon

2007-2010 Camry

2005-2008 Corolla

2009-2010 Corolla

2004-2006 Highlander

2008-2010 Highlander

2005-2008 Matrix

2009-2010 Matrix

2004-2007 Prius

2004-2009 Prius

2010 Prius

2009-2010 RAV4

2003 Sequoia

2008-2010 Sequoia

1998-2010 Sienna

2011 Sienna

2005-2010 Tacoma

2007-2010 Tundra

2009-2010 VENZA

Not all recalls have to do with acceleration, others were defects in the engine control module or the brake light switch bracket.

If your vehicle is on the list of affected vehicles that has been recalled by Toyota you should be receiving a letter with exact instructions.

The recall was costly for Toyota and their reputation took a big hit. Toyota hopes the governments study could play a big role in the lawsuits they still face.

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