Sorry for being dim, but could you explain that please?
250,000 + Plymoth Sundances / Dodge Shadows were produced with 2.5L and auto that could be taken out of park without key being in, let alone brake on. During winter, they would idle down the road at 30 MPH without touching the gas.
Now picture some 20,000 or less Audi 5000 Turbo's, of which more then 60% had owners complain of "unintended acceleration". Specifically, my partner had one, and now the 20 year gag order is lifted (it was replaced with new Benz S class). Audi had a bad batch of accelerator cables that failed. Engine sprung into full throttle when cables broke, car would floor itself, turbo come on, over power brake and take off until you realized what was happening and turned the key off.
Audi refused to admit engineering mistake, and belittled and told the public it was their customer's fault. My partner had mechanic take car and assembly for proof, and asked for resonable compensation, a replacement car from another manufacturer.
To keep public unaware of their engineering mistakes, Audi kept blaming it on people not puting foot on brake, and thereby put brake interlocks in cars, and advised other car companies to do so, which they did to avoid lawsuits.
If this indeed was people's stupidity, we would have seen tens of thounsands of SUndances and Shadows through garage walls everywhere. Instead, we just say Audi's on every TV going through something.
Fast forward to a couple years ago, many people die in Audi TT's taking flight and leaving the road. Audi says there is no design aerodynamic issue, that people could not control their cars. However, they install rear spoilers and stiffen springs on the cars. They fix the problem, yet still say there is no problem, and blame it on their customers.
You never heard Benz say the CLK-GTR leaving the road was owner-operator error!
Really, do you want to own a car from a company like that? I far prefer someone saying "we made a mistake" and fixing it to someone who can never admit making one.
Audi almost went out of business, and should have. You don't kill off your customers and blame it on them graveside! Unfortuantly, a pretty car makes people forget...
So now we must all be admonished for being the stupid children that we are, and not be able to take the car out of gear without having the brake on. Which, admittedly was more of a problem when those brake interlocks kept failing on rental cars and you had to find a paperclip to get it out of park.