Detroit auto show attendance spikes
It wasn't a record, but the 770,932 people who attended the North American International Auto Show sent a strong message about renewed interest in cars and the industry that builds them. Organizers say this year's attendance at the show, which closed last weekend, was the highest since 2005. That year, more than 800,000 people visited the show.
— New York Times News Service
Study: Electronics not cause of Toyota issues
A recent study confirms last year's finding by government safety regulators that unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles was not caused by electronic malfunctions. The lengthy analysis, conducted by the National Academy of Science's National Research Council, confirmed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's findings that the unintended acceleration was caused solely by mechanical issues or accelerator pedals trapped under floor mats. Still, the report cited the need for federal regulators to develop more expertise in how the greater density of electronics in cars can lead to new safety issues.