Toyota Seeks To Silence Critics

03.08.10 |

Toyota is launching a campaign to silence critics who blame its electronic systems for unintended acceleration in some of its most popular vehicles. The Japanese automaker is expected to bring out independent experts to discredit a study by Southern University of Illinois-Carbondale professor David Gilbert during an online media event set for Monday. Gilbert told Congress he was able to short circuit the electronic controls on a Toyota Avalon and cause unintended acceleration without leaving an error code on the car's onboard computer. The car maker is also expected to attack the credibility of a former Toyota lawyer who turned over internal company documents to congressional investigators. Toyota is expected to present court filings that show Dimitrios Biller received poor performance reviews and had a history of mental illness. More than eight-million Toyota vehicles worldwide have been recalled over reports of sudden and unintended acceleration.