Throttle System Failure


The extremely sophisticated and complex electronic control systems on today’s vehicles, although highly reliable most of the time, can fail for a wide variety of reasons, sometimes leading to a sudden and uncontrollable acceleration of the vehicle.

We can examine and analyze the vehicle’s throttle system, including the cruise control electronics, to determine if the throttle system was functioning properly at the time of the accident. In many cases, we can also determine if the brakes and the accelerator were both applied at the time of the accident, which can corroborate a person's claim that he or she was pushing hard on the brakes as the vehicle continued to accelerate forward or backward.

VMAR performs a thorough mechanical inspection of the vehicle's throttle, cruise control, and braking systems, including performing an electronic scan of the on-board diagnostics (OBD). We also download and analyze any data in the vehicle's Event Data Recorder (EDR)

When You Need to Know . . .

  • Did a throttle system malfunction cause an "uncontrollable acceleration” leading to this accident?
  • What was the condition of the throttle system prior to the accident?
  • Were both the accelerator and the brakes applied simultaneously when the accident occurred?
  • Could this accident be the result of a manufacturer defect or faulty service/repair work?
  • Can subrogation be successfully pursued in this case?

Detail of Throttle System Failure Investigation and Analysis Service

  • File review (including examination of police report and vehicle repair records)
  • Phone interviews of involved parties (when assigned)
  • Vehicle examination, including inspection and testing of the throttle body mechanism, and cruise control module and cables; measure accelerator pedal performance; electronic scan of PCM and airbag control modules (when possible); remove wheels and inspect brake components; and test-drive vehicle to determine performance (when possible)
  • Thorough photo documentation of inspection and investigation process
  • Establish proper chain of custody and evidence storage (when needed)
  • Coordination and file documentation
  • Preparation of a fully detailed written report

Our 21 Day

In the world of claims adjusting we know that you usually have only a 30-day window in which to determine the merits of a claim. That's why we promise to handle your assignment and get the completed report into your hands within 21 calendar days.

And we back our promise with this guarantee:

If we do not get your assignment completed within 21 calendar days, then we cut your cost in half.