Government investigators have rejected claims that electronic defects caused Toyota cars and trucks to accelerate out of control, a finding released Tuesday that offers a measure of long-awaited vindication for the world's largest automaker and shifts blame to the drivers who reported the incidents
Some cases were due to mechanical design fail (the floormats jammed under the pedal), and this problem had already been identified and corrected by the time the news broke. Most were operator error; confusion of pedals. Evidence was drawn from data recorders on board the vehicles (normally used for control-assist electronics, I understand).
Every few years it seems we get another spate of these stories, normally involving “furrin cars”.