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Public Service Video: Stopping A Runaway Prius

Posted in General, Recalls, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | March 11th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

We’ve been telling you all along that stopping a car with unintended acceleration isn’t a big deal, despite the horror stories you hear on the media. The above video demonstrates two things: first, how to shift a Prius into neutral, which automatically returns the engine to idle; and second, that a Prius can be stopped with the brakes, even under full throttle acceleration. The only question is whether or not the ECU was reflashed prior to the demo to give the 2008 Prius brake override capability.

I’m about ready to hit the bullshit buzzer on claims of runaway Prius models. Unless your car is possessed by Satan (who probably wouldn’t be caught dead in a Prius), the only valid explanation for unintended acceleration in this model is driver error.

Source: Left Lane News

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3 Responses

  1. Greg says:

    I never knew how to shift into neutral! Fascinating!

  2. Kurt says:

    Don’t laugh – the guy in California didn’t.

  3. mello702 says:

    Seriously! Thank you for sharing this..