Federal regulators are looking into the fact whether Toyota’s unintended acceleration issues are being caused by cosmic rays – and no we’re not kidding. Radiation from space has long affected airplanes and space shuttles and is known for causing errors in computer systems.
It was recently reported that some consumers are still facing sudden acceleration issues even after their recalled vehicles have been fixed by Toyota dealerships.
The recent study of cosmic rays shows just how deep regulators are digging to solve the mystery of unintended accelerations in Toyotas.
The move comes after an anonymous tipster whose complaint prompted regulators to look at the issue said that the design of Toyota’s microprocessors, memory chips and software could make them more vulnerable than those used by other automakers.
“I think it could be a real issue with Toyota,” Sung Chung, who runs a California testing firm, said. Toyota told the Free Press that its engine controls are “robust against this type of interference.”
We’ll find out soon enough.
– By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Free Press