On July 5, Jordan Ziprin's 2002 Toyota Camry shot backward out of a driveway and crashed. Since then, the 74-year-old Phoenix lawyer has insisted that the electronic throttles of some 2002-05 Toyota and Lexus vehicles are defective.
Ziprin inundated the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with documents that he says prove his point. But last week, NHTSA - which has a long history of ruling against claims of unintended vehicle acceleration - rejected Ziprin's petition. Agency officials, who say driver error causes most sudden-acceleration incidents, found no evidence of a defect.
In 2004 NHTSA reached the same conclusion after it investigated similar complaints about 2002-03 Toyota and Lexus vehicles. But Ziprin told Automotive News last week: "I'm not going to let this go. I would be more than happy to cross-examine" NHTSA's experts.