Posted: Jul 10, 2010 3:12 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jul 10, 2010 3:12 PM
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois professor whose
congressional testimony about unintended acceleration of certain
Toyota vehicles caused a firestorm that his university scrambled to
handle amid the automaker's recall.
That's according to electronic messages obtained by The
Associated Press from Southern Illinois University. The school's
auto-technology program has long received Toyota donations.
David Gilbert told Congress in February his research suggested
that electronics might be to blame for the acceleration problems.
The automaker worked to cast doubt on his findings. Two Toyota
employees resigned from a school advisory board, and the company
withdrew offers to fund two spring-break internships.
Toyota insists its relationship with the school remains strong.