Toyota's 'Black Box' Could Hold Accident Clues
Toyota's reluctance to provide data from its recorder adds another layer of concern about the company's cars. It's not clear whether the No.1 auto company in the world has shared information from its tracking system with any of the government auto authorities in the countries where the carmaker has recalled cars, and it is not clear if Toyota will ever share the data with its customers or the broader public.
Toyota is faced with more than recalls at this point. It is not clear whether software in Toyota vehicles is a cause of brake or accelerator problems, although Toyota claims software has nothing to do with the flaws behind the recalls. And it's not clear why Toyota waited so long to recall some models that it may have known had mechanical issues. This question will be at the heart of a growing number of liability suits against the firm.
Toyota has kept quiet about what is in the "black boxes," but it's certain that government safety bodies and plaintiff's attorneys will find out. And if the car company is hiding information, it will only go further to undermine its reputation.