Safety agency rejects appeal
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United States safety regulators have rejected an electrical engineer’s request to investigate low-speed unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus cars.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says three crashes cited in the engineer’s request are consistent with the driver mistakenly hitting the accelerator instead of the brake.
The agency also says the issue was examined carefully in two previous government studies.
Californian Gopal Raghavan asked for the probe in June. He has a doctorate from Stanford University.
Raghavan contended that his 2009 Lexus ES350 sedan surged suddenly in a carpark while being driven by his wife, crashing into some bushes and smashing the front of the car.
He says she did not press the accelerator, which was documented by the car’s event data recorder. \