Toyota Cuts Funding to School After Professor Exposed Vehicle Flaws

July 12, 2010
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The Associated Press is reporting Toyota has withdrawn funding for Southern Illinois University after one of the school’s professors exposed major flaws in the electrical systems of Toyota vehicles. The professor, David Gilbert, was among the first to suggest that electronics, not sticky gas pedals or badly designed floor mats, caused the unintended acceleration problem that led to the recall of millions of Toyota vehicles. After Gilbert spoke publicly about his findings, two Toyota employees resigned from an advisory board of the school’s auto-technology program, and the company withdrew offers to fund two spring-break internships.