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Toyota Prius Accelleration Claims: True or False?

Posted in auto industry, Newsworthy, Toyota by MrAngry | March 10th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

Far be it from me to call bullshit on tragedy but the last few days have caused my skepticism meter to go into the red. Yesterday we heard about a gentleman by the name of Jim Sikes who claimed that his Toyota Prius took him on a 90 mph joy ride that almost ended up launching him over a cliff. Sikes said that when he attempted to pass a car on while traveling on Interstate 8 in San Diego, the accelerator pedal did something funny… meaning it was stuck to the floor.

2005 Toyota Pruis

Now we’re hearing of yet another incident involving a 2005 Prius, this time however it happened up in Harrison, NY. The driver stated that they were simply backing out of their driveway when the mishap occurred and just like the incident that was reported yesterday the claim was that the accelerator pedal stuck to the floor thus making the Prius run into a stone wall. No injuries were reported.

I hate to sound like a skeptic, but why now? I mean up until 2 months ago we never once heard of any problems with unintended acceleration from a Prius, but now all of a sudden we have two in two days… I don’t know. Listen, if these accounts are true then yes, Toyota must step up to the plate and rectify these issues immediately, but if they’re not and people are trying to cash in, then I truly hope they’ll receive the same public flogging as Toyota.

Source: CNN / Autoblog.com

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5 Responses

  1. mello702 says:

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I’m highly suspicious of Jim Sikes.. As well as a few of the cases that have popped up. Funny how so much time has gone by and this was never an issue, and now it’s just happening left and right. I wonder if “stuck pedal” is what people are blaming their “poor driving” on these days… Women have been crashing through buildings for years now, mistaking the gas pedal for the brake, or some other lame excuse. Now they have the grand daddy of excuses — toyota’s faulty stuck throttle………

    Also, why are these drivers so ignorant that do they not realize you can put a car in neutral at any speed and apply the brakes? Really?

    btw great blog brotha keep up the good work……

  2. fool's gold says:

    Glad I wasn’t the only one thinking people are taking advantage of the situation. Blogs everywhere is beating this issue to death. Tim Sikes’ incident was a total fraud imo. His comment of “I’ll never drive that car again” is so and staged the way he says it.

  3. Phil says:

    You read my mind, with 2 back to back problems with vehicles that have not had a history of this problem appears to an opportunity to make money via Toyota Motor Company. All folks that are making claims should be thoroughly investigate, specifically, credit history, debt history, net worth, etc. Too many folks are looking for a free lunch.

  4. AC Tony says:

    The “backing out of the garage” story, in my opinion, is even more ridiculous than the Sikes story. How many people even both to TOUCH their gas pedal backing out of the garage, let alone mash it to the floor where it “got stuck?”

    Mmmm… I don’t think so.

  5. AC Tony says:

    *Typo* The “both” should be “bother.”