Despite claims by Toyota that it has finally found and solved the various problems with “unintended acceleration” affecting millions of its vehicles, one of the most respected high-tech specialists in the U.S. contends the Japanese maker is either missing or denying another serious safety issue.
In a series of interviews, the legendary co-founder of Apple, Steve “Woz” Wozniak, has been pressing his position that some sort of glitch with the electronics controlling the powertrain in his new Toyota Prius “goes wild.”
After initially denying its vehicles could surge out of control unexpectedly, Toyota last October conceded there was a “carpet entrapment” issue, in which loose floor mats could jam the pedal and make it difficult to slow down, and recalled 3.8 million cars, trucks and crossovers. At the time, Toyota Division boss Bob Carter insisted claims of other problems were “unwarranted speculation.”
But last month, the maker added another 2.3 million vehicles to the recall list – a figure since boosted to 4.5 million – because of a problem with sticky accelerators. Again, in a teleconference with reporters, on February 1, company officials insisted that they had isolated all the problems.