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Toyota's Expert Panel to Investigate Electronic Throttle Control

Posted: May 04, 2010 10:51 a.m.

Toyota has assembled an expert panel to conduct a review of its operations and give independent advice on vehicle safety and the automaker’s highly-publicized accelerator pedal recalls.

The Detroit News explains “the seven-member panel includes leading business, aviation, safety and technology experts such as Norman Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin, who served for 16 years on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and Patricia Goldman, former vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.”

According to Bloomberg, the recently named panel appointees also include Mary Good, engineering and information technology dean at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Edmunds Inside Line says the panel’s first assignment is to evaluate the electronic throttle control system in Lexus and Toyota vehicles: “Toyota said in a statement that the panel's findings of its first study, which is designed to look into complaints of sudden unintended acceleration, will be made public.”

“Maybe we'll finally get some answers,” Edmunds Inside Line concludes.

According to Kicking Tires, “Panel members have already visited U.S. factories, including the Georgetown, Ky., plant. The seven-member panel is scheduled to meet with Toyota’s top executives and President Akio Toyoda in Japan next month.”

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