Toyota has breathed a sigh of relief after a US investigation into several major safety problems ruled out electronic flaws.
In 2009 and 2010 the Japanese car maker was forced to recall more than 16 million vehicles globally after complaints of unintended acceleration.
Congress ordered the probe which took ten months.
Ray LaHood, United States Secretary of Transportation told Congress, “Toyota’s problems were mechanical, not electrical. And that comes after one of the most exhaustive, thorough and intensive research efforts ever taken.”
Despite 89 deaths which may or may not have been associated with the problems, the findings vindicated Toyota which said it had fixed the mechanical issues with accelerator pedals and the risk of sticking floormats.
NASA’s Engineer and Safety Center, Michael Kirsch explained: “The bottom line is that NASA analysis and testing did not find evidence of that malfunctions in electronic and throttle control caused large unintended accelerations as described by consumer reports.”
But it is claimed Toyota gave NASA only limited information and law suits are pending. Although Toyota has reported a 39 per cent drop in quarterly profits it says the “wounds” from its recall crisis have healed.