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Washington Post identifies human factor in claims against Toyota

The lead editorial in today's Washington Post is "Toyota's acceleration problem could be customer-based," which begins:

THE RESULTS are not definitive, but a preliminary report on sudden acceleration from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some good news for Toyota Motor Corp. Of the 58 data recorders analyzed by the agency and the company, 35 showed that the brake pedal was not depressed at the time of the crash. Partial braking was involved in 14 other cases. Drivers were hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake. In short, electronics was not the issue. Human error was.

Good topic for a follow-up editorial: The litigation industry and political machinery that seek to obscure the real causes of the accidents. We suggest starting with all the Toyota-related accusations and materials posted at justice.org, the website of the American Association for Justice, the trial lawyer lobby.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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