Toyota to Fire Back at Critic Who Blames Electronics for Recall

NEW YORK -- Toyota Motor Corp. is trying to undercut allegations that its electronics systems caused the sudden acceleration problems that led to the recall of more than 8 million vehicles.

The automaker plans an event Monday in which it will seek to debunk a critic who claims faulty gas pedals did not cause the sudden acceleration.

Toyota will aim to duplicate the scenario created by the critic, an Illinois professor who told Congress last week that he was able to recreate sudden acceleration in a Toyota vehicle by manipulating its electronics.

Toyota says it will show the malfunctions he produced "are completely unrealistic under real-world conditions and can easily be reproduced on a wide range of vehicles made by other manufacturers."