• Mar 30, 2010
The past few days have seen a new rash of stories about Toyotas run amok. First, a 2009 Venza struck a house in Hamilton, Ontario. According to The Hamilton Spectator, the driver said he lost control of the vehicle after experiencing uncontrolled acceleration. While 2009-2010 Venzas were recalled for the infamous floor-mat issue, police have yet to determine whether the Hamilton incident was a result of faulty hardware or driver error. No one was injured.

The Seboygan Press is also reporting that a 2009 Camry accelerated and climbed a small embankment while the driver had her foot on the brake in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. The 76 year-old driver, Myrna Marseille, suffered a broken sternum from the impact. In Marseille's case, her Camry had already been serviced to correct the floor mat interference issue.

The reports join those of a San Diego man who had to call on the police to help him slow down his Prius after high-speed stint on the interstate and another Prius crash in New York. In the California case, both the NHTSA and Toyota found nothing wrong with the car (though the California Highway Patrol's view may differ). Likewise, the New York incident was found to be driver error.

[Sources: Sheboygan Press, The Hamilton Spectator]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      76-year-old woman driver?

      I think we know the cause of this accident...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally agreed that we need the black box data

        Too bad nobody can verify if it's correct, or just smoke...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. The car with the highest incidence of sudden unintended acceleration is the Lincoln Town Car.

        http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/ttacs-nhtsa-data-dive-95-cars-ranked-in-rate-of-unintended-acceleration-complaints/

        Not because the Lincoln has any faults mind you, but rather because the demographics of vehicle are skewed towards older drivers.

        Considering how bogus the San Diego and NY cases were, this is a another case of a poor driver blaming the machine rather then themselves
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Exactly. The car with the highest incidence of sudden unintended acceleration is the Lincoln Town Car..... but rather because the demographics of vehicle are skewed towards older drivers."

        So why is the Cadillac DTS so much further down the list? Its demographics are identical to the Town Car. Shouldn't it be at least in the top ten?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @aman

        I'm all for defending anyone that is discriminated against. I believe in truth, harmony and 99 cent Tacos but hey, the statistics don't lie.

        My mother is 60 and she just got a brand new Lincoln MKZ and has had two accidents! And I love my mother! But it's in the cards!

        I believe that older folks (and I include myself when I get that age) drive worse! And I also believe that because the older women of today (not 20 years from now but today) have less driving experience and less driving intuition than the male counterpart. 20 years from now that'll be different! But for now, I think it stands true!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Danimal plus one for that one!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you noticed all of these reports are of old people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is the new Buick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      http://www.petitiononline.com/TMC2003/petition.html
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs7WI2s-CVw
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNEZPKF_M_s

      Toyota has more than one problem! It has yet to resolve the engine oil sludge matter. Contrary to what Toyota says, this is NOT old news...it is current and 3,100+ Toyota owners online want the truth to be told!

      Charlene Blake
      cblake@erols.com
      Toyota Owners Unite for Resolution
      • 4 Years Ago
      I fail to see how Obama, or the UAW for that matter, has anything to do with this. Why don't you take that political ranting crap elsewhere?
      majora
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Yongpeng Sun

      You should do it just to get rid of your house
      • 4 Years Ago
      Future Toyota vehicles will have no foot pedals. Acceleration and deceleration are solely controlled by lawsuits.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have been reading these articles for some time. What I have noticed is that everyone always says.. "they must have stepped on the wrong pedal", "they are too old to drive correctly" or whatever...the fact of the matter is this. From what I am reading apparently the majority of people who don't know how to drive apparently happen to drive Toyota's. On the other hand maybe it is truly a problem that is a defective part. Either way, I don't know of anyone that is 76 years old that is willing to go to the hospital for nothing other than gaining money from a lawsuit. If she lives in Kohler she is by far not bad off financially, I live 10 miles from there, anyone who lives there has no problem with income. To those that keep saying "Government Motors" enjoy it while you can because the LOAN they received will be paid off long before it is due including INTEREST and a large stake of shares in a company that has nowhere to go but up. Do I agree with all of the bonuses...no...but it's not my company to make that decision. While we are on this topic before someone says "But Ford didn't get a bailout", maybe you need to think back a bit further when they did get $6 billion dollars...they also didn't need to go to bankruptcy court because they mortgaged much of the assets they had to give them the cash necessary to avoid bankruptcy...and it worked. It would have been as easy for GM or Chrysler to do the same before the financial fall out and get operating cash to get them through. To let a US based corporation like GM that directly and indirectly (suppliers) employ over 2 million people go down, the actual cost to the taxpayers would far exceed the cost of the LOAN. You would have unemployment benefits being paid, many more mortgages not being paid and much less money being put into the economy. Back to the topic at hand...I truly believe this has NOTHING to do with the US Government in any way...."witchhunt" "obama motors" or whatever you wanna blame it on, I call it a completely unfortunate situation that has cost people their lives. Some say..."its only happened a couple hundred times" I think that is a couple hundred too many...yes there are many Toyota's out there but I sure wouldn't want it to happen to me. Do I think there are some people out there that would take advantage of this...sure...but I don't see how someone would put a car into a wall intentionally to benefit them financially.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nobody -- NOBODY -- knows how to drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cowboy Bob doesn't need to see a shrink but I'll betcha he has no clue how many "American" cars are built in China, Korea, Canada, Germany, Australia and Mexico. If all the people of the world decided to buy a domestic automobile, Ford, GM and Chrysler would go bust. GM is making more money in China than America.

      I am very glad to see that Cowboy Bob has learnt to use his spell check.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You should do it just to get rid of the 2001 Corrola.
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