PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, July 13, 2012

Senator Raises New Questions About Toyota Safety

A third generation Toyota Prius is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (AP)

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is looking into whether federal agencies were too quick to wrap up the investigation and clear Toyota over safety concerns.

He has written a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency that oversaw investigations into reports of thousands of cases of sudden acceleration in Toyota cars, including the case of the California Highway Patrol officer and three family members who were killed in 2009 when they could not slow down their racing Lexus.

Safety advocates said Toyota’s electronic systems might be at fault, but NHTSA said studies by federal agencies including NASA found nothing wrong with Toyota’s electronics.

In his letter to the agency, Senator Grassley says “key questions questions about the cause of unintended acceleration remain unanswered.”

Senator Grassley’s call for more investigation comes even as another car maker, Hyundai, faces a possible law suit charging the company with using misleading fuel economy claims in its advertising.

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson are hitting the road. Our Tumblr brings you behind the scenes of our election coverage.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

February 8 7 Comments

10 Things To Know About New Hampshire

With the focus on the primary race, we decided to do a little digging to find out what sets this state apart from the other 49.

February 8 64 Comments

N.H. Sen. Shaheen On Why She Supports Hillary Clinton

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says "I never hear any men who are supporting Bernie get asked if they're supporting him because he's a man."

February 5 10 Comments

Lead 101: Flint Crisis Is Latest Example Of America’s Lead Problem

Public health historian Gerald Markowitz reminds us that the problem of lead poisoning is anything but new.

February 5 8 Comments

Why Some Forensic Evidence Isn’t Accurate Or Reliable

The co-founder of the Innocence Project explains the problems with certain types of evidence, such as bite marks.