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Feds Clear Toyota Electronics in Unintended Acceleration Cases
CNBC.com | February 08, 2011 | 02:16 PM EST

After spending almost a year investigating the cause of Toyota cars and trucks suddenly speeding up, the Department of Transportation found no electronic problemsin Toyota vehicles that could have caused unintended acceleration. Not only that, the DOT found no other possible mechanical explanations for unintended acceleration cases beyond sticky gas pedals or floor mats entrapping accelerators.

For Toyota it is vindication. Vindication at a steep price, but vindication just the same.

Ever since the unintended acceleration case exploded into a national scandal, there were many people claiming the root cause of Toyota vehicles suddenly speeding up was in the electronics of the car. Even after independent firms came out and said they doubted a link between faulty electronics and unintended acceleration, there were still skeptics . But the DOT, working with electronics investigators from NASA and vehicle researchers from NHTSA found no link.

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