Toyota Statement in Response to NHTSA/NASA Study

Toyota welcomes the findings of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding our Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i) and appreciates the thoroughness of their review. This rigorous scientific analysis should further reinforce confidence in the safety of Toyota and Lexus vehicles and should help put to rest unsupported speculation about Toyota's ETCS-i, which is well-designed and well-tested to ensure that a real world, un-commanded acceleration of the vehicle cannot occur. 
We will continue to develop and equip Toyota and Lexus vehicles with industry-leading safety technologies, including many based on breakthroughs in sophisticated electronics systems. We will also continue to cooperate fully with regulators in order to help ensure that our customers have the utmost confidence in the safety and reliability of the vehicles they drive. Everyone at Toyota, including all 18,000 Canadian employees, is focused on listening to customers and constantly improving our products and service. 
Regarding the safety and reliability of Toyota vehicles with ETCS-i, the company also noted:
•    Electronic throttle control systems have long been standard across the automobile industry, and they provide a great benefit to consumers. 
•    Toyota’s ETCS-i has performed reliably in more than 40 million cars and trucks sold around the world, including Canada. 
•    This system has also made possible significant safety advances such as vehicle stability control and traction control, which are among the six accident avoidance technologies in Toyota’s Star Safety System now standard on all 2011 vehicles Toyota manufactures for the North American market.
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