CNN claims translated Toyota documents imply accelerator glitch was a known factor
Furthermore, by the context of their findings, that it was electronic in nature. So, question is: Will CNN tarnish Toyota's reputation with its story? And will the stock take a hit once again?
A financial attorney once told me that figures do not lie. There are just a lot of liars doing the figuring. In this case, it's difficult to tell which invention, which translation, which cover up and which sensational statements are truth.
Did Toyota lie about sudden acceleration and that that it was electronic in nature? According to CNN, that may be the case, provided their translations of Japanese documents are accurate; and therein is the problem. It comes down to a proper translation and a proper context.
As long as I’ve worked in automotive engineering, I never met an engineer who would intentionally hide a serious design flaw or keep it from management. Engineers like to sleep at night; so they write reports all the time to basically cover their own behinds. So, this latest charge by multiple CNN translations of a Toyota document has special significance.
According to a CNN article that somehow obtained access to an internal Toyota document, Toyota engineers found an electronic software problem that caused "sudden unintended acceleration" in a test vehicle during pre-production trials. Of course it was written in Japanese and had to be translated for CNN.
Supposedly the document was written in 2006 and marked “confidential.” Of course, Toyota denies that it says any such thing. However, CNN is sticking to its guns; its three translations of which two were commissioned by CNN.
Bottom line per CNN is this: Toyota engineers raised concerns that the adaptive cruise control system would start the car moving forward on its own.