As reported here in the past, a judge in Florida in a sudden unintended acceleration crash case has overturned a jury verdict in favor of the Ford Motor Corporation, finding that Ford Motor Corporation fraudulently concealed evidence of electronic causes of sudden unintended acceleration crashes in Ford cars, vans and trucks. The judge ordered a new trial for the victims of the crash and ordered that the case proceed only on the issue of how much compensation should be awarded to the plaintiffs in compensatory and punitive damages.
Now, private companies looking into these cases have discovered that the National Highway Safety Transportation Administation has aided Ford and Toyota by apparently concealing facts in its report of these cases, by redacting information in the NHTSA report. When NHSTA finished its investigation and released its report, readers were unable to discern all of the facts in the report because sections of the report were redacted by NHSTA. Shortly after NHSTA released its report with redactions, the good people at Quality Control Systems Corporation filed a Freedom of Information Act Report requesting the redacted information. After much work and legal maneuvering, Quality Control Systems obtained many of the redacted sections of the report. Upon reviewing the previously redacted information, Quality Control Systems Corporation discovered that there was no legitimate reason to redact the infomation other than saving Ford and Toyota from emabarrassment.
This article explains how Ford and Toyota gamed the system. It would seems that not even our govermental agencies are giving us the full picture of what happened in these sudden unintended acceleration cases. The investigation referred to above seems to suggest that NHTSA is more interested in helping big corporations than the victims of those corporations' mistakes.
Bravo to Quality Control Systems Corporation for unearthing the truth throught the Freedom of Information Act. For more information on sudden unintended acceleration crashes, we recommend you read the articles highlighted in this report, or call our office for more information.