Sunday, July 31, 2011

Judge Finds Ford Fraudulently Concealed Electronic Causes of Unintended Acceleration

This week, July 27 2011, Safety Research & Strategies, Inc published two documents taken from the court of Senior Judge William T. Swigert of the Fifth Judicial Circuit in Sumter County, Florida.

This 51-page decision, by Judge Swigert excoriated Ford for systematically concealing a long history, stretching back to the 1970s, of studying the problem of electromagnetic interference and unintended acceleration.

SRS has an on going page devoted specifically to new Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration studies. It is interesting to note that in 2004 Toyota licensed some of its technology to Ford.

Last week July 21,2011, SRS published How NHTSA and NASA Gamed the Toyota Data, covering issues of Tin Whiskers (see my past blogs Soldering Defect Database: How many ways can a solder joint fail? More than you might think and The Anatomy of a Race Condition: Toyota vs AVR XMega), 'losing' the data the NASA report was based on, and other dubious practices. What NHTSA's Data Can Tell Us about Unintended Acceleration and Electronic Throttle Control Systems. by R. A. Whitfield of Quality Control Systems Corporation gives a brief analysis of the raw National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data.

In my past blog entry The Anatomy of a Race Condition: Toyota vs AVR XMega on NASA's on Toyota's sudden acceleration problem, I went into some of the details as to what I believe is happening. I explain why the Sudden Acceleration issue would not issue a diagnostic code if the problem is based in the firmware of the engine control unit, which is something I never seen covered in any of these reports. Guess they are all done by people with no experience in designing the systems they are reporting on?