NASA to help probe Toyota acceleration problem

21:36, March 30, 2010      

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People behind America's space program will join the U.S. government in finding out causes of Toyota's acceleration problems, according to media reports Tuesday.

Scientists of the NASA space and aeronautics agency were asked for help analyzing Toyota electronic throttles to see if they are behind unintended acceleration, U.S. Transportation Secretary said.

A total of 8.5 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles have been recalled over the past six months for unintended acceleration. The U.S. Government's decision to turn to NASA came as Toyota held the first post-crisis meeting of its new quality control committee in Japan.

Nine NASA scientists with expertise in electronics, eletromagnetic interference, software integrity and complex problem solving are joining the Toyota probe, U.S. officials said.


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