1By CURT ANDERSON and DANNY ROBBINS, Associated Press Writers Curt Anderson
And Danny Robbins, Associated Press Writers– 28 mins ago
SOUTHLAKE, Texas – Toyota has for years blocked access to data stored in
devices similar to airline "black boxes" that could explain crashes blamed
on sudden unintended acceleration, according to an Associated Press review
of lawsuits nationwide and interviews with auto crash experts.
The AP investigation found that Toyota has been inconsistent — and
General Motors, for example, has licensed the auto parts maker Bosch to
produce a device capable of downloading EDR data directly to a laptop
computer, either from the scene of an accident or later. The device is
available to law enforcement agencies or any other third party, spokesman
Alan Adler said.
Spokesmen from Ford and Chrysler said their recorder data is just as
accessible. "We put what you would call 'open systems' in our vehicles,