• Apr 9, 2008
Ever since the CBS 60 Minutes debacle involving the Audi 5000, the terms "sudden acceleration" and "unintended acceleration" have been indelibly beaten into the minds of most Americans. In recent times, vehicles such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee have been labeled with the unintended acceleration tag and have all been summarily dismissed as driver error. In every case so far, demonstrations have shown that standing on the brake pedal, even with the gas pedal to the floor, will always stop the vehicle.

The latest vehicle under unintended acceleration fire is the 2006-2007 Toyota Tacoma, with 33 documented cases on file at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). So far, no proof of mechanical failure has been found, and the most likely scenario, according to the NHTSA and Toyota, is a misapplication of pedals by the driver. Possible culprits remain bunched-up floor mats, debris under the brake pedal or gas and brake pedals closer together than drivers are accustomed to. Still, this case in under investigation by the NHTSA and Toyota is said to be cooperating.

[Source: Detroit Free Press]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      On the up side, if this latest scandle puts an end to drive-by-wire systems, then it was all worth it. DBW sucks, even when it's working fine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +2
        • 6 Years Ago
        ^+1 for that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 to carburetor throttle linkages!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or the Civic SI, in fact any Civic, or any late model Subaru or....
        • 6 Years Ago
        DBW, when done right, is great for fuel economy and makes it much easier to implement traction- and stability control.

        When done badly (ie, when some twit in marketing decides that a car should always leap off the line like an electrocuted cat), you get things like the Nissan Maxima.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Your comment:


      the attitude of most of you posters on here is ridiculous. just
      blaming old people is lame, lame, lame.

      i personally know the person in tennesee that tankd0g is referring to. He's no idiot. the last
      time it happened, his truck was totaled. each time this happened to
      him, he was not pressing/slamming the brake. meerly touching the brake caused WOT accelleration. like mentioned above, the
      engine surged and the truck took off. and no, didnt even have the
      floor mats in the vehicle at the time.

      so relax on your judgments that it's simply user error.
        • 6 Years Ago
        see, the problem with the "pressing the wrong pedal" argument is that the trucks are taking off after only touching/tapping the brake pedal. and in at least one instance, the driver actually had to STOMP on the brake pedal to control the vehicle, until it quit accelerating.

        • 6 Years Ago
        could be an air leak in the brake booster tricking the engine to add fuel?
        anyway...another reason given is the closeness of the two pedals. i've done this in an unfamiliar vehicle with large steel toe winter boots. the side of my boot was catching the accel pedal during hard stops in traffic. i thought something was wrong until i realised it was me doing it. it was the "loose nut behind the wheel" problem.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oddly enough this actually just happened at a local auto auction. After being started the Tacoma kept revving high and then going back to idling. And as stupid as it may sound the employee decided to put it into drive even as the car did this. The truck was in a garage and went out of control and actually hit another nearby employee and pinned him up against the wall between the truck. He died and it's supposedly under investigation.
      Granted this auto auction is also near an old folks trailer camping spot so a lot of the help are elderly people and in this case the driver of the truck was an elderly woman. If I hadn't just read this story I would've thought it was just a freak accident. Unfortunate way to die.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's a special brand of stupid.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Recall alert:

      Toyota Recalls 539,500 Corollas and Matrix for window issues, they could shatter.

      Toyota Recalls 628,239 mini vans in Japan for possible cracks in the fuel tank.

      roar
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems they are in more trouble: http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200804091219DOWJONESDJONLINE000851_FORTUNE5.htm

      Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) is recalling about 539,500 Corolla and Matrix vehicles sold in the U.S. because of faulty window glass.

      The recall affects 2003 and 2004 model years on those cars equipped with power windows, the company said in a statement Wednesday. The driver and front passenger door glass bolts may loosen, causing the door glass to separate from the window regulator.

      Seth Kantrowitz
      • 6 Years Ago
      The situation with the Audi 5000 actually happened in our town. The driver, in this case, was the president and owner of the local Porsche/Audi dealership. He said he was sitting at a red light with the car in drive and his right foot on the brake, when the car suddenly accelerated and crashed into the vehicle in front of him. This guy had a vested interest in blaming himself, but insisted the car did it by itself. As I remember the 5000 left the american market the following year, with Audi never admitting there was a problem. Oh yeah the dealership president was in his mid 40's and a second generation car dealer, and presumably a competent driver.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Seth Kantrowitz
        The brakes in any car (like an Audi 5000) are more powerful than the motor. This isn't possible if he truly had his foot on the brake.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the infamous floor mat fall guy which Toyota has used at least twice before... lmao..

        • 6 Years Ago
        I've actually had a rubber floor mat jam the accelerator in an L200 I used to own... on more than one occasion but it was no biggie. I just put the clutch in and jiggled it free. Took about 2 seconds.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh noes, not teh "sudden acceleration" thing again. Didn't that all prove to be B.S. when there was that fury around the 1980s Audis? It was just three old ladies who stepped on the gas, but swore they stepped on the brake - but the media got a hold of it and it was "Run away acceleration!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      A little lean surge combined with fat footing the gas peddle and not the brake and the next thing you know you're driving through the garage wall.

      Usually happens when the engine is cold and probably has something to do with the engine management system not getting proper readings from the various sensors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Check the NHTSA site for yourself, just about every car in existance has complaints of this nature. There's even a few in there like this one: "I PUSHED THE BRAKE AND GAS PEDAL DOWN AT THE SAME TIME AND CRASHED MY TRUCK INTO THE CAR IN FRONT OF ME" At least he's honest, is a little not right in the head for reporting his stupidity to the NHTSA. But it still counts as a complaint. After a story was done on some idiot who crashed his Tacoma in Tennesee last fall and not being able to get Toyota to buy back ever Tacoma sold since 2005, people flocked to the NHTSA site to add their "rememberings" of the same thing happeneing to them in a Tacoma at some point.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Tacoma is a far cry from the tough Hilux they sell overseas. Ford's not the only one guilty of not giving the USA its best small truck.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Toyota no longer gives the US a small truck period.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...that's like what happened to the senile old lady down the road from me. Hit the gas instead of the break by accident and drove right through her garage door and right into the back of her husband's '69 corvette :o(
      damned elderly driver's are dangerous!
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