The car accelerator is an integral part of a vehicle, as it is responsible for introducing air into the combustion chambers. The fuel-air mixture then combusts, giving the engine power to turn the vehicle’s wheels. Vehicles manufactured until the late 80’s were installed with a simpler car accelerator system, wherein the driver’s push on the accelerator pedal was directly converted into mechanical energy to open the engine’s throttle.
In recent years, however, electronic throttle control systems have been installed. Electronic throttle control systems regulate the mechanical energy from the accelerator pedal and transform it into electric signals. These signals are then delivered to an electric control unit, which regulates the airflow into the throttle for optimum efficiency, comfort, and economy.
Despite technological advancement, electronic throttle system may pose a safety threat if manufactured and installed defectively. On October 24, 2013, for instance, a jury found that unintended-acceleration issues among some Toyota units were a result of a defective electronic throttle control system (ETCS).
To learn how to file for legal action after being hurt by a defectively-designed vehicle, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling our Madison office at (414) 271-0900 today.