Toyota Officially Avoids Prosecution With $1.2 Billion Payout To Feds

As the U.S. Department of Justice sets its sights on General Motors, they're closing the book on an investigation into another major auto manufacturer — and it will be an expensive one. Toyota will settle with the Justice Department to the tune of $1.2 billion. » 3/19/14 10:12am 3/19/14 10:12am

Unintended Acceleration Is Back In The Form Of A Big Ford Lawsuit

Ah, unintended acceleration. It's the herpes of the automotive world, something that just never seems to go away. Never mind the fact that it's often caused by drivers mixing up their pedals — it's something that scares the crap out of car buyers and has huge financial consequences for carmakers. It nearly put Audi out … » 3/29/13 10:13am 3/29/13 10:13am

This Is The Solution To All Unintended Acceleration Issues

Acceleration is like fire: a good servant and a cruel master. Acceleration when you want it is one of the true joys of motoring. Acceleration when you don't is a nightmare. Alarmingly, it's a recurring nightmare, with the most recent incidents occurring just last month, and the largest recall in automotive history,… » 6/12/12 12:00pm 6/12/12 12:00pm

Three killed in new case of Toyota flip-flop-related acceleration

Three elderly women were killed this morning in Albany, New York, when a 55-year-old woman driving a Toyota Highlander drove into a group of people standing on the sidewalk. Unintended acceleration? Not so much. Her flip-flop was caught under the gas pedal. Another sad case illustrating the real cause of unintended… » 8/10/11 6:00pm 8/10/11 6:00pm

Why were mommy bloggers paid for positive stories on Toyota?

A network of blogging mothers offered each of its members $10 to write a positive story about Toyota's recent exoneration by the U.S. government over sudden acceleration and promote similar pieces. After complaints, Toyota says it had nothing to do with the plan. UPDATED » 2/16/11 7:00pm 2/16/11 7:00pm

Government documents prove "Runaway Prius" was a hoax

Federal documents obtained by Jalopnik through a Freedom of Information Act request support today's conclusion by the federal government and what we've said all along: unintended acceleration events, like the infamous "Runaway Prius" were not caused by electronic boogeymen. » 2/08/11 4:00pm 2/08/11 4:00pm

Feds find no sign of electronic flaws in runaway Toyotas

U.S. auto safety regulators say after several months studying 280,000 lines of code, they found no electronic cause for unintended acceleration in Toyotas — only mechanical issues like sticking pedals and crappy floormats. What about sheepish drivers? » 2/08/11 1:45pm 2/08/11 1:45pm

Deadly Post-Recall Toyota Crash Blamed On Gas Pedal

A Utah man and his son's fiancee died earlier this month after his recalled Toyota Camry sped through an intersection into a rock wall. Police say the Camry's gas pedal stuck and, unlike other crashes, there's supporting evidence. » 11/16/10 9:30am 11/16/10 9:30am