Federal investigators launch study into effect of cosmic rays
14 April 2010

US federal regulators are reportedly studying whether the recent sudden acceleration issues in Toyotas are linked to 'cosmic rays'.

Radiation from space is known to regularly affected airplanes and spacecraft, triggering errors in computer systems.

The phenomenon can trigger software crashes, leaving no trace of a problem. Wheras radio waves can be blocked, cosmic rays cannot.

A Toyota official in the US said its engines were "robust against this type of interference".

Robert Cullen

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14 April 2010

Zionist's where probably responsible, or perhaps Martians.

14 April 2010

Star Trek................. "Beam Me Up Mr Scott" Isn't this story 13 days late?

14 April 2010

It is of course Aliens who have decided that the affected cars are too dull for their new world order, so are playing with them.

In other news, Kia Piccantos spontaneously combust within 500 yards of a crop circle and BMW X6's vapourise when crossing a lay line

14 April 2010

We have Godzilla on stand-by.

14 April 2010

yep!, should be something cosmic...

hum... those stuff on stand-by aren't particularly environmently friendly.

14 April 2010

It's the enemy within...bring back the Twilight Zone !

14 April 2010

I know it sounds like something from SciFi but in reality it's something that can and does happen. Semiconductor companies spend a huge amount of money testing devices so that they can withstand this type of incident. Those parts which are then deemed to be able to withstand such an event are used in the space industry. Hence why they're so expensive! But a service call out even more so.....

14 April 2010

[quote Autocar]US federal regulators are reportedly studying whether the recent sudden acceleration issues in Toyotas are linked to 'cosmic rays'[/quote] The US Federal Regulators are so intent on blaming Toyota and punishing them for the recall problems that this is sure to put the cat among the pidgeons. Toyota can hardly be blamed for "cosmic ray" activity.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

14 April 2010

[quote Squonk61]In other news, Kia Piccantos spontaneously combust within 500 yards of a crop circle [/quote]

You're out of touch . It's Tata Nanos that are spontaneously combusting , but no recall so far.

14 April 2010

Poor Toyota. It's like the producers of Dallas are now writing the script for the weekly Toyota sagas that unfold. If Toyota were a woman it would be Pam Ewing

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