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.
[Source: CBS | Image: Google Maps]