WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government's highway safety agency wants a scientific panel to help it learn whether electronics are to blame for vehicles suddenly accelerating in the aftermath of Toyota's massive recalls.
A National Academy of Sciences panel is holding its first meeting Wednesday to review the potential causes of unintended acceleration in vehicles across the auto industry.
The study is expected to last until late 2011.
David Strickland, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told the panel his agency's Toyota investigation was ongoing but the problem of unwanted acceleration was not exclusive to the Japanese automaker.
The study is part of the government's efforts to learn what led to the recall of 8.5 million Toyotas due to sudden acceleration.