SANTA MONICA, CA--U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the launch of two major investigations of the unintended vehicle acceleration issue.
“It is gratifying to know that the government is attempting to resolve
an issue that has caused driver concerns for decades,” stated Edmunds.com
CEO Jeremy Anwyl, who addressed this point in a letter to Secretary
LaHood in late February.
In that letter, Anwyl wrote, “Every car company has a level of complaint
volume from consumers relating to vehicles that suffered unintended
acceleration. DoT and NHTSA should take the lead in coordinating an
effort that involves all manufacturers. Sharing data and working
collaboratively, perhaps together an answer can be found that working
individually has rendered elusive.”
Edmunds.com is doing its part as well. The company will
announce the rules for a contest
in which it will award one million dollars to researchers who determine
what is really causing sudden unexpected acceleration in vehicles.
“The government is putting the National Academy of Sciences and NASA to
work on this issue, and we are challenging other brilliant minds to
apply themselves as well,” commented Anwyl. “If there is an answer, it
should be found soon.”
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