• Jan 29th 2010 at 11:28AM
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We knew this would happen, and it didn't take long at all. A Pennsylvania woman has crashed her 2007 Toyota Camry into a Montgomery County laundromat on Wednesday, and she's blaming the ordeal on unintended acceleration. It was the unruly accelerator, officer! The 68-year-old woman was attempting to park her Camry when the sedan allegedly took off all by itself. The vehicle crashed through a window into a bank of washing machines and thankfully no one was injured. The 2007 Camry is among the vehicles affected by Toyota's recall of millions of vehicles for unintended acceleration claims.

A laundromat employee told the local CBS affiliate that the woman said she "pushed on the gas and then she tried to stop and she just went forward. She couldn't stop." Lt. John Weed of the Cheltenham Township Police Department told CBS 3 that the woman reported she "was shifting the car into Park, she was parking the vehicle, that's when it suddenly accelerated." When the CTPD arrived at the accident scene, the floor mat was reportedly on the pedal, though investigators told the CBS affiliate that it may have moved from the impact. That the floor mat was laying atop the pedal is significant, however, considering that one of Toyota's two latest recalls (and its largest ever) involves floormats that can pin accelerators to the floor.

The minute these two Toyota recalls were announced (the second is for defective accelerator pedal mechanisms that could stick), we suspected every Tom, Jane and Harry would claim that any accidents involving Toyota and Lexus vehicles were the fault of these defective parts and not possibly the driver. Of course, we have no reason to doubt this woman's story and the investigation is ongoing, but we're also going to take these claims with a grain of salt going forward.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Jose - you puke - you slammed the driver for being a WOMAN and being OLD - screw, you bastard ...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Evewry SLIMEBALL "personal injury lawyer" in the country is just begging to get in on this, even if NOBODY was hurt...Did you SEE an accident?
      • 5 Years Ago
      My bet, she panicked and hit the gas..Happened to an old girlfriend..She was 18 at the time, she was driving late at night when a large rodent ran in front of her car..Well, she panicked, hit the accelerator instead of the brake, ran up the lawn of this mans home with these evergreens landscaping the front of his house ..She hit these evergreens which made like a ramp and lofted her car into the mans living room..Right through the brick front and picture window..The engine of the car was ripped out and found underneath the car when it came to a rest...The owner went to bed 15 minutes before the accident and his chair in which he sat was buried under the car along with the engine...On a good note, nobody was hurt..The House and car took a beaten, however..She never drove me anywhere after that..!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure somebody has pointed this out already, but any properly functioning brake system will overpower the gas pedal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Very true. The problem is that in these cases, I'm sure what happens is, the driver accidentally presses the gas pedal and when the car accelerates, they press the pedal harder (thinking it's the brake pedal), which only aggravates the situation. In most cases, far before the driver might be able to figure out what they've done, they run into something. Ever notice that the car always seems to stop very quickly after the initial impact? That's because the impact causes the driver to move their foot off the pedal. If the throttle truly was stuck, the car would keep going until it could no longer move, and even then, the engine would still be screaming. Never once have I actually seen or heard of this happening.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm thinking she accidentally hit the gas as hard as you would hit the brake, which floored it, but then the car continued to accelerate after she backed off due to the pedal getting stuck.

      combine that with old lady reflexes and you've got bad news.
      • 5 Years Ago
      uhh don't you have to press the pedal all the way to the floor to get it stuck under the mat?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I was thinking. I mean, unless these floor mats are climbing up off the floor to grab the pedal, I don't see why the pedal would be down far enough to get caught under the mat when you're just trying to park the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know what you're talking about, but every article I read about this problem had to do with the pedal getting stuck under the floormat.
      alan joseph samson
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hello Everyone.

      I do not want to sound heartless, but it seems to me that too many people are starting to claim that the machines are out-witting them, and so the humans are not to blame...

      I do not want to blame the victims, but it seems to me that putting a car in neutral and turning the key that gives power to the machine, is a whole lot easier than wrestling with a [whatever] size engine. That goes for stuck gas pedals, or acceleration systems; just as it does when someone is skidding on the ice (though with ice, the engine key should not be turned off - just the car put into neutral) .

      I used to think myself alone with such thoughts, until two days ago when a panel of experts described exactly what I just wrote, while discussing the problems on TV...

      Perhaps it is time for additional testings for people to keep driving, before their license is renewed - what do you think?

      Hope this helps.

      alan joseph samson
      sallykish at aol dot com
      I Want Justice! Webring - Ringmaster
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is now 2010. So untill Toyota mentioned a recall, this car drove fine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Your parking your car. It's in the space, and you wanna edge up a little. Explain to me how deep in you have to push the pedal to get that kind of acceleration. To the floor past the floormat? Sounds like someone had beef with a laundromat and decided to use Toyota to get em HAHHA

      I'm not saying this is all made up by the woman, but TM you're not off the hook either
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shame, shame! The whole story included the following....

      When asked if she thought the gas pedal got stuck, driver Hodges told Eyewitness News: "Probably. And I can't remember if I had my foot on the gas pedal … the brake or the gas, I can't remember."
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Until Budenheimer's is cured, there will never be enough bread in the laundry"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just crashed my Toyota into my house and did $200,000 worth of damage.

      I am suing Toyota for a new house.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Hay "Motorworks" I'll bet that you should not be driving either, some of us old lady's as you pointed out should not be driveing. Is bull and some of these young people shouldn't be driving either. But I am an OLD lady and have been driving for umpteen years accident free and never a ticket either. I do beleive that everyone young and old should have the driver's test each and everytime they get or renew their lic. besides the eye and written test. I am very willing to take these tests anytime and any place and I wish that this state of Calif. would do it but at this time they do not. I AM A OLD LADY to.
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