Sudden Acceleration

Recently, we were retained to investigate sudden acceleration in a 2006 Kia Sportage.  While conducting routine research, no recalls or complaints were discovered.  This case brought to mind that earlier this year, a lot of attention was given to the sudden acceleration complaints inherent in some Toyota vehicles.  This brought back memories of sudden acceleration complaints in Jeep vehicles back in the late 90s.  In fact, ABC used to air a program called Prime Time Live. During one show, they investigated sudden acceleration and determined that the brake pedal had been moved to a position which was no longer in line with the steering column and thought to cause drivers to confuse the brake pedal with the accelerator pedal.  Although, it does not appear that physical location of  the pedals is a problem, it seems that no one really knows what is causing sudden acceleration.


About R.J. Hill, P.E.
R. J. Hill is the author of two blogs: R.J. Hill Consulting and the Descendants of James Alexander Hill. Mr. Hill is a registered professional (mechanical) engineer with over 39 years of experience, 34 years in private practice. Please visit to see the kinds of forensic investigations that Mr. Hill performs.

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