When you hit the gas pedal on your car, there are a number of forces at play to get it going.
For all the weight automakers are shedding on their vehicles, all the hybrid offerings they're putting on the road and all the cylinders they're removing from their engines, the push to improve fuel economy amid stricter government standards omits one key element from the equation – drivers.
It seems we just can't keep unintended acceleration incidents out of the news these days. The latest report of such an occurrence comes from Ellijay, Georgia, where a 1995 Volvo 960 (nope, not a Toyota this time) barreled through the crowd of bidders at Blue Ridge Auto Auction at about 8:15 in the evening on Tuesday.
Just as we reported yesterday, Toyota has confirmed the recall announced last week for sticking accelerator pedals will be expanded beyond the U.S. and soon include Europe.