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March 17th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Is Toyota hiding crash data?

(CNN) – Did you realize your car comes equipped with a "black box," like the ones that are installed in aircraft?

Most cars have one. They're called EDRs and they record all kinds of data in the final seconds before a crash. In the case of Toyota models, it seems that data is very difficult to download. Our Deb Feyerick has the report.

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    I have personally seen two people slam on the accelerator pedal instead of the Brake Pedal, thinking they were standing on the brake pedal. Both incidences resulted in non-fatal accidents.

    If a driver cannot immediately shift their automatic transmission to NEUTRAL while driving their car, they should not be driving any vehicle and endangering fellow drivers with their inept ability's.

    None of Toyota's vehicles that have 4 disk brakes has a motor that is stronger than the total stopping power of its braking system. Even at full throttle.

    None of Toyota's vehicles prevents the driver from turning OFF the ignition at anytime and it immediately shut's down the engine.

    March 17, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  2. ronvandm

    Would not surprise me at all, however, I can state from personal experience that at least 1 of the big 3 U.S. car makers withhold data from these "black boxes" & have heard stories, from what I call reliable sources, that they have even gone to storage areas to remove them if a death was involved.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:30 am |