It’s not just owners of Toyota Prius’ who appear to be having problems with unintended acceleration. According to the Kentucky Highway Patrol, a woman driving a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox experienced the same unstoppable, unintended acceleration after setting her cruise control. The vehicle accelerated beyond the set speed to 90 miles per hour, prompting the driver to contact OnStar for assistance. None of the techniques suggested by the emergency operator (shifting into neutral, applying the parking brake, forcefully applying the brakes or manually lifting the accelerator pedal) had any effect on the vehicle. After a twenty minute ordeal, a state trooper eventually stopped the vehicle by pulling in front and using his own brakes to stop the car.
Why am I not surprised that the woman involved in the incident has already contacted a lawyer? As of now, no lawsuit has been filed; instead, the woman just wants GM to conduct a thorough investigation. I would too, except that I’d leave out contacting a lawyer unless it was my intention to litigate.
Call me cynical, but I’d want to investigate the family’s financial background as thoroughly as I investigated the vehicle. “Unintended acceleration” is becoming synonymous with “golden parachute”. Don’t like your vehicle? Unintended acceleration is an effective way to extort a different one from a manufacturer. I’m not saying that’s what happened here, but the facts of the story just don’t add up for me. The cruise control wouldn’t shut off, the driver couldn’t engage neutral, the braking systems didn’t work and the driver immediately contacted a lawyer after the incident? Does anyone else find it a little bit suspicious?