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By Richard A. Schmidt, Ph.D.

One can hardly miss all of the interest and concern about Toyota’s recent issues with unintended acceleration (or sudden acceleration, as it is often termed in the Toyota debate) present in the media recently. All of this reminds me strongly of a very similar set of circumstances dating to the mid- to late-1980s concerning unintended acceleration in the Audi 5000 automobile (among many other models and manufacturers). A broader examination of Toyota’s situation in view of the lessons we learned from the analogous situation with Audi seems warranted to add some perspective to the present debate…

Richard A Schmidt, a noted authority on unintended acceleration, contends that the recent cases of sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles is likely the drivers’ fault, not the cars’.

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