Toyota Tundra MI Truck Owners, Bug in Software Used to Read ‘Black Box’ Fixed

September 14th, 2010

Toyota Tundra CrewMax speedometer for 2007 and 2008 models. A recent disclosure by Toyota reveals the software used to read the event data recorder from a Toyota Tundra crash in 2007 had a software glitch reporting the truck was traveling 170 miles per hour. Photo by Toyota

Toyota Tundra MI drivers: When is the last time a Toyota Tundra truck went 170 miles per hour? If the answer is never, it’s the right one.

A recent Reuters article has revealed what Toyota Tundra MI owners already know about their trucks, and that little nugget of knowledge is Toyota Tundra’s are incapable of going 170 miles per hour. Try 120 miles per hour, which is a rare achievement.

The inaccurate speed was recorded when Toyota examined the event data recorder—more commonly known as a black box—after a one-car crash in 2007 during which the driver was killed after going off a rural road in the state of Washington. The data indicated the Toyota Tundra involved in the crash was traveling at a speed of more than 170 miles per hour at the time of the crash, something which Toyota Tundra MI owners know is highly unlikely unless the vehicle had been significantly modified.

Takeshi Uchiyamada, a Toyota executive in charge of product development and research, told reporters in the Toyota Tundra could not be traveling at speeds that fast, and the inconsistency was the result of a software bug from the reader that was used to recover the crash information.

Uchiyamada said the data contained in the event data recorder is reliable.

As part of the investigation into the 8 million recalled vehicles worldwide, Toyota has been cooperating with the U.S. government and has found no new evidence of defects after an inspection of 58 event data recorders

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was alerted to the software reader problem in June and told by Toyota that the company had fixed the issue.

MI Auto Times will continue to follow all news and report any updates Toyota Tundra MI drivers should know.

[Source: Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1322017820100914$$238447923]

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