[tinwhiskers] RoHS and Toyota

  • From: "Bob Landman" <rlandman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <Leadfree@xxxxxxx>, "tin whiskers forum" <tinwhiskers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 11:34:48 -0400

As so many of you have requested the Toyota documents, I set up a web folder at 
this link http://www.hlinstruments.com//RoHS_articles/

They are in the Toyota folder.  

If you find other articles on this subject, please send me the links or the 
articles and I'll add them to the folder.

-Bob Landman/H&L Instruments, LLC

I'm not an expert on automobiles.  FYI, I have two cars, a 2007 Volvo XC70 and 
a 1992 Jaguar XJ6.  No Toyotas.  Yes, I know the Jag has Lucas electrics aka 
"Home before dark" :-) but it's been very reliable (has over 100,000 miles on 
it). British Racing Green is the color (of course).  I added the leaping jaguar 
to the hood; goes much faster now :-)  Used to have a 1953 Aston Martin DB2 but 
that's a story for another day.

Note to John Burke:  Be VERY careful about installing a "KILL" switch in your 
Toyotas!  If you shut off the engine fuel you'll lose power steering.
It seems to me from studying Dr. Gilbert's report, what you could do (and this 
will take testing) is to have the switch disable the signals from the ECM 
(electronic control module) to the servo that increases fuel flow.  You want to 
keep the engine running, you just want to stop the acceleration.

  (good pictures of the pedal assemblies)

Video of a discussion about the assembly 
 (keep in mind this is an early video as it states the recall is just 2 million 
vehicles and now we are over 8 million vehicles being recalled.

Professor Gilbert?s preliminary report describes the conditions he used to 
introduce a ?resistive short? within a Toyota Accelerator Pedal Position
(APP) sensor so as to produce unintended acceleration. Downloaded it from 
http://www.safetyresearch.net/Library/Preliminary_Report022110.pdf  to the web 

My, how nice of Toyota to actually video demonstrate Gilbert?s process for the 
world to see (see Part II below). How lovely of them to state that to produce 
Gilbert?s scenario requires an ohmic short of some 200 ohms to 1000 ohms.  And 
then lovelier still for them to illustrate how ?resistive shorts? intentionally 
introduced in a number of APP modules used in different make of car can result 
in the same kind of unintended acceleration. 


But how foolish Toyota looks, don't you agree, as they proclaim that Gilbert?s 
scenario cannot possibly happen in their products? Trying to make it seem as if 
a ?resistive short? from 200 ohms or so cannot exist.  We know that's utter 
nonsense and it reflects badly on Toyota, don't you think?

Judge for yourselves what level of incompetence Toyota is displaying in this 
rebuttal video.

Part II    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWr2EuyZ_h4&NR=1  (start with this to 
witness laboratory induced unintended acceleration)

Part I     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkWhkU4coa4


I stumbled onto something on Google. A detailed analysis of the failed display 
unit on a Prius.  Its an excellent article as it dives deep into what's in 
todays' automotive electronics.  The writer ultimately finds the problem and 
fixes it.  Toyota wanted $2000+ for a replacement unit (as the writers unit was 
out of warranty).  Do you think that's a fair price?  Read the article and 
decide for yourself.  Hint: RoHS is likely the cause.

I found this article http://www.techno-fandom.org/~hobbit/cars/mfd/compare.html

Which lead me to this http://www.techno-fandom.org/~hobbit/cars/mfd/  titled 
"Evaluation and repair of a failed Prius MFD"

The writer added this http://www.techno-fandom.org/~hobbit/cars/mfd/compare.html

This is the Prius chat forum

I searched on the forum for "acceleration" and found 259 postings!

this article was at the top "Diagnosing Unintended/Uncommanded Acceleration 

My 2006 Prius (pkg 8) has on several occasions decided to accelerate on its 
own. This always happens when the car is stopped. Lifting my foot from the 
brake causes the car to accelerate as fast as it can. Up until yesterday I 
wasn't totally sure my senses weren't lying. I had read a couple of articles 
where people complained of this problem. In the earlier cases, I was stoped at 
a flow control light on a freeway ramp, so the rapid acceleration wasn't a 
problem and when I stepped on the gas, it stopped.

Yesterday I was on a surface street and stopped at a light. When I gently 
lifted my foot from the brake to start the car rolling, the car revved the ICE 
and acted as though I had floored the accelerator (my foot was still on the 
brake and I hadn't released full pressure yet. When I pushed hard on the brake, 
the car stoped and the ICE stopped reving, repeating gently easing up on the 
brake made the same thing happen again.

Needless to say, I was getting concnerned. I tried shifting to neutral (no
deal) and finally turned the cruise control on and then off (it was off).
This stopped the acceleration. I have made a service appointment, but the 
dealer claims they never heard of this problem before.

I did some research on the Web (search Prius unintended acceleration
incidents) and discovered this has happened more than a few times for others. 
According to my reading, Toyota has denied the problem and claimed the floor 
mat was pressing on the gas. In my case, the first thing I did is check my mat 
(heavy rubber that never moves) and it was safely tucked under the pedals.

If there is a fix for this, I haven't seen mention of it. I did report it to 
the NHTSA. I will report on the dealer's response. In the meantime be aware 
this has been happening on 2004 - 2008 cars. Some of the reports claim it is a 
cruise control issue. Who knows?

I will be most interested to see how Toyota responds.


Bob Landman
H&L Instruments, LLC

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