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Toyota Study: No Electronics Problem

A study commissioned by the automaker says electronics systems are not to blame for cases of sudden acceleration, according to <I>The Wall Street Journal</I>.
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A study commissioned by Toyota Motor (TM) - Get Report into the electronics in its vehicles supports the automaker's position that there is no evidence of electronics problems in its Toyota and Lexus vehicles, according to a published media report.

Since October, Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles and seen its reputation for quality tarnished.

One large recall was related to potentially sticky accelerator pedals, and another was related to gas pedals that could become caught under floor mats. Both problems were seen as possible sources of potentially dangerous sudden acceleration.

But the automaker has steadfastly maintained that electronics are not to blame for its vehicles suddenly gaining speed.

Exponent, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based research firm, has been conducting a study into the electronics, according to

The Wall Street Journal

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, which said it had obtained a copy of the study dated Feb. 4.

The preliminary study said that Exponent had been unable to cause sudden acceleration by making electrical disturbances to Toyota vehicles' electronics systems.

Congressional investigators have been looking into a connection between the reports of sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles and problems with the vehicles' electronics systems.

On Friday, two lawsuits were filed against the automaker alleging that sudden acceleration caused deaths.

Shares of Toyota ended up $1.05 at $77.05.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.