Toyota has had plenty of problems in recent years due to claims of unintended acceleration, and now here's a video that actually catches such a claim on video. The driver of this 2010-2013 Toyota Highlander claims that the crossover's accelerator got stuck causing the vehicle to slam into the house twice, and resulting in damage to the Highlander, the house and two vehicles inside the garage. While we don't know when this accident took place, the video was uploaded to YouTube back in January.

It is impossible to determine what actually happened in this video, but what we do know is that a security camera captures the Highlander slowly pulling into the driveway before it lunges forward slamming into the garage. With the tires squealing and metal crunching, the driver then shifts between reverse and drive a couple times causing even more property damage before spinning out in the street and finally being able to shift into Park. Scroll down to see the video for yourself. Whether unintended acceleration or driver error, this was undoubtedly a harrowing ordeal.

UPDATE from Toyota: "Toyota's technical team reviewed this incident and found the Event Data Recorder and the video itself confirm that the brakes were never pressed - as you can see, there are no brake lights in the video."



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      strykerzzzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a Totyota Highlander just like this one. The edge of the floor mat is placed about 4\" away from the gas pedal, so there is no way it got stuck to the floor. The Toyota STAR safety system also has a brake override that kills the accelerator if they are both pressed at the same time. This woman did this on purpose. It\'s awfully strange that she backed up and rammed the house twice - like she is really mad about something. I do like the way she made it spin out when she backed up into the street. I didn\'t know my Highlander could do that!!!
        MistyGreen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @strykerzzzz
        haha now you know. I agree, looks pretty intentional.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @strykerzzzz
        My condolences - do you have a really annoying stuck up kid who doesn't know that a Buick Roadmaster Wagon is hypercool compared to a Highlander? :-)
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 1 Year Ago
      'unintended acceleration' is what you say when you don't want to say 'i was dumb, and it was my fault.'
      MistyGreen
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can hear the engine rev harder as it gets closer to the house. The recall was not for accelerators that pushed themselves, but for stuck pedals (and ill-placed floor mats). Unless this car has has a blood thirsty AI growing inside it, mommy freaked out and pushed the wrong pedal. Repeatedly, in hilarious fashion. She just thought she was on the brake. Sorry for the cars though. And man, that must have been loud.
      Julio B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unintended Stupidity....
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Geez, don't people know how to knock anymore?
      Scott West
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not to be a buzzkill, but I'm more concerned with the camera, not the car. Typical security cameras 1) Do not capture sound, and 2) Don't have that high quality of picture. To me, this looks (and sounds) like it was recorded with a GoPro camera, which would automatically mean that this act was premeditated.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scott West
        High end security cameras are now capable of recording 720P as well as sound. They aren't as uncommon as you think.
      Brain Roopull
      • 1 Year Ago
      You an hear her revving the engine as she slams the shifter back & forth. No brake lights. Driver error. If they sue, I'll bet the case gets thrown out. On the Youtube link, they wisely have the comments disabled. HA!
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brain Roopull
        That or deliberate. I could go either way, honestly.
      Taint
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can tell she can't drive by the way she pulls into the driveway. Why does she stop before she pulls into the driveway and obstruct approaching traffic? She was hitting the gas, not the brake, as evidenced by the lack of brake lights.
      Jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm no detective, but I can CLEARLY see that no brake lights are on at all until... *GASP* the very end when the car stopped. This is a simple case of stomping on the gas thinking it's the brake. The driver clearly held the gas pedal down in a panic while intending to use the brake.
      ebauer427
      • 1 Year Ago
      driver error. brakes to not appear to have ever been engaged. my 16 year old daughter is learning to drive and everything about that video looks like something that could happen with a new driver. the approach to the driveway was goofy, but my daughter does the same thing. letting a car pass before turning into a driveway is goofy, but my daughter does the same thing (nerves). Over-steering on approach to the garage - ditto. confusing the accelerator and brake - ditto. panicking when something goes wrong - ditto. these all look like inexperienced driver errors to me, not mechanical.
      Redline
      • 1 Year Ago
      So right when they should be braking the accelerator gets stuck, except the brake lights never light up once... Blame the car I guess... Also the person got a honk from another motorist just as the video starts. Hissy fit or just plain bad driver maybe?
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 1 Year Ago
      PUT IT IN NEUTRAL.
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