Originally Posted by tacobo670
may i try to shed some light to the recall subject. i am a toyota tech (5yrs). we just started dealing with the recalls. they will be in 3 phases.
1- the 100 or so complaints are not confirmed. a solid majority are customers who come in reading other info and not taking into regard that not everything from the media is true. they see a possible recall and think $$$ and get sue-crazy. i have personally had to work on only 2 cars with this accel.pedal complaint -- the main thing is that Not One has been confirmed to be stuck or sticking. nor are there any tell tale signs of it.
--the ECM's have built-in protocols in the event of an emergency. if there are mixed signals in any of the related operating sys, it will go immediately into default mode and restrict vehicle performance. example - TPS not reading Pedal Pos.sensor through ECM =cut power, loss of accel ability, default, MIL turns on.
2- i think its a conspiracy by "The Big Three" and the govt. why is it that all of a sudden the Feds and the chief transportation dude issue a public statement on the behalf of Toyota (of which they have no right) and tell everyone to immediately stop driving their cars? we never heard such publicity when Ford's tires were blowing up, when their engine harnesses would catch on fire, etc.
--- the main reason why pedals are sticking is because dumb *F* who have junk all over the floors and dont keep their cars clean, and have a floormat to cover another floormat so the other OEM floormat doesnt get dirty..... hence the sticking pedal.
The Feds are trying to strong arm Toyota because they still selling cars and did not have to file bankruptcy or bailout, have good resale value, and are dominating market in this economy. They want the American public to buy "Domestic" so as to help boost the economy and promote sales of domestic vehicles. You dont hear any other Asian car manufacturer offering deals for new cars, to trade in your toyotas... its all domestic markets.
i think thats what it is.
I can understand brand loyalty... to an extend.
Talk about conspiracy theories.. the general consensus amongst conspiracy theorists prior to this is that there exist some "back door" relationship between consumer reports and Toyota.. Hence the consistently excellent ratings they give to Toyota vehicles. That being said, CR has revealed 40% of ALL sudden acceleration claims are on Toyota vehicles, with only 16% market share
So the possibilities are:
A) Toyota owners are generally more of a dumbass than the industry average. These are the folks who keep shit on the floor cluttering up the gas pedal. So much stuff such that it causes sudden acceleration... *snickers*
B) The average intelligence/behavior of Toyota drivers is on par with drivers of the other brands. Thus the disproportionate 40% claim of sudden acceleration issues points to a problem with Toyota designed vehicles.
Option B makes sense to me. You can't argue against statistics.
You cited the intended functionality of the ECM unit. I don't doubt that you have more working knowledge of the ECM unit than myself. However, I also know that as a toyota tech, you don't have access to or knowledge of the assembly level code that is written into the ECM unit. A software bug by definition is an "unintended error/failure"