• Mar 10th 2010 at 9:28AM
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Not one day after a high-profile incident involving a Prius taking off on its owner in Southern California, we're hearing reports that another one of Toyota's popular hybrids has suffered unintended acceleration in New York. This time, instead of the car eventually succumbing to the will of its braking system, it crashed into a stone wall. Fortunately the owner was reportedly just pulling out of her driveway in Harrison, NY and the car only accelerated across the street, though the collision allegedly sent "some pretty big boulders" flying, said one police chief.

The 56-year-old driver reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries, and like the incident in Southern California a day earlier, a floor mat trapping the accelerator pedal has been ruled out as a cause. The 2005 model year Prius' driver side floor mat was reportedly tied to the seat base with plastic ties.

The 2004-2009 Prius is included in an earlier Toyota recall for floor mats that may entrap the accelerator pedal, but the Japanese automaker does not have a fix ready for the cars, which may include reshaping their pedals, replacing floor mats and altering the shape of the floor. These cars are not, however, included in Toyota's other major recall involving drive-by-wire accelerator pedal assemblies that could stick due to wear and other environmental conditions. That leaves no obvious explanation as to why these two Prius models took off on their owners. Toyota has stated it will join California and the U.S. government in investigating the first vehicle, though hasn't commented on whether it will investigate the vehicle in New York yet.

[Source: The Detroit Free Press]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      wow.... this thread has gotten some people heated

      I think that if you understand human behavior,
      you can explain how toyota drivers could think
      that the car is now responsible for an accident.

      I don't see how it's fair to lay blame or call
      other commenters out.....

      it's surprising how nasty commenters can be.
      .... stay classy everyone. this is autoblog,
      don't ruin the comments section.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I claimed SUA after crashing my car into a building, think they would notice that my Celica has a mechanical throttle linkage?? I think I could get around that with a birds nest of wires and a black box around the throttle body...

      Might have to wait a year until the FT-86 comes out though, maybe I could pull some kind of tradesies...
      • 5 Years Ago
      he probably knew he got clocked and blamed it on the accelerator....perfect excuse to purchase a toyota...common sense...brakes, neutral, e-brake.
      • 5 Years Ago
      " Also, do you have any proof that a national safety programme would make roads any safer (and US roads are some of the safest on the planet anyway)?"

      Really? Provide a link which shows the US fatality rate per capita compared with other countries.
        • 5 Years Ago
        http://internationaltransportforum.org/irtad/pdf/p143.pdf

        considering that, unlike most other countries, the driving age in the US is 16 and teenagers are some of the worst drivers, the US ranking is very comparable to other countries. Of course, those statistics don't take into account the average driving speeds, which again tend to be higher in the less congested US compared to EU countries. Higher average speeds = higher likelihood for an accident to be fatal. And finally, those statistics say nothing about the proportion of fatalities that are due to intoxication, which of course has nothing to do with how safe the roads are.

        Still, you never addressed the usefulness of your proposed "national safety programme".
      • 5 Years Ago
      It’s crazy that a 2005 Prius is JUST NOW experiencing these problems in a big way huh? How did it drive for the past 5 years? Just fine I suppose…

      I bet all these “accidents” wouldn't have happened without the rampant media whoring of the recall. The Prius has a different damn pedal assembly for goodness sake! There’s a reason it didn’t get recalled!

      Everyone needs there 15-minutes of fame I guess!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's exactly the problem, Toyota knew about it but didn't bother to tell the public. This was happening a lot but was always blamed on the driver. Now we know it's Toyota's fault and news gets out in a hurry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        or maybe, the media simply didnt give a crap about these issues, nor did the customer know it was a large problem...

        Toyota is in the spotlight now... and i personally wouldnt just hit a wall (he was backing out so not going quick) to do damage to my car to collect insurance... the car probubly wasnt totalled, and he will probubly have to deal with all the repairs... totally worth it...

        The media is going to advertize EVERY case... if this wasnt an issue right now, this wouldnt have been adveritzed.

        if this was happening to GM.... all the toyota lovers would be destroying GM right now... funny.
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