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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    When I first read the story, something seemed a bit suspicious. I would never claim to know for certain, but...

    The guy claims he was afraid to put it into neutral for fear of the car flipping over. He was able to call 911 twice, but apparently couldn't find the time to talk to the dispatcher or follow his directions as he had to put the phone down. The car's speeding at WOT and only hits about 85.

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    The news isn't sounding too good for the guy.

    I think he is trying to take advantage of a downed Toyota company.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    I think it is far too early to jump to that conclusion, but it is definitely time to step back and wait for more details before we jump to conclusions on the whole thing. There are some very real questions now.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    I have a question about these runaway cars...

    Is there no neutral on the gear shift?

    Does the ignition not shut off when they're in runaway mode?

    I had a '79 Chevy Caprice Station Wagon that would stick from time to time. You usually just shift into neutral, pull over, and shut off the engine.

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    What would you rather trust a Toyota or a Pinto?

    The cop might have just said what ever made him look like a hero.

    The brakes can be checked by anyone who have worked on brakes and verify if they were heating up. Can't you put a car in neutral anymore? Screw the engine if it blows it blows.

    The memo did say that investigators found the front brake pads were spent.

    "Visually checking the brake pads and rotor it was clearly visible that there was nothing left," it said.

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I think it is far too early to jump to that conclusion, but it is definitely time to step back and wait for more details before we jump to conclusions on the whole thing. There are some very real questions now.
    It's too early to jump to conclusions both ways. Toyota will try to cover their butts and the victim may have another motive. They checked the brakes after the incident and the pads were gone. After a short period with full pressure applied to the brakes they will heat up to the point where they are useless.
    Accusations against the guy before all the facts are in will do more harm than good. He would have to be mentally unstable to try a stunt like that.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    The news isn't sounding too good for the guy.

    I think he is trying to take advantage of a downed Toyota company.
    Could it be possible that Toyota is trying to discredit him to save the company billions of dollars? It very well could have happened the way he said it did.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by USA-1 View Post
    It's too early to jump to conclusions both ways. Toyota will try to cover their butts and the victim may have another motive. They checked the brakes after the incident and the pads were gone. After a short period with full pressure applied to the brakes they will heat up to the point where they are useless.
    Accusations against the guy before all the facts are in will do more harm than good. He would have to be mentally unstable to try a stunt like that.
    My point is that it was too early to say anything either way, yes. Note though that while the front brake pads where spent, the wear was not consistent with him doing as he claimed.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by USA-1 View Post
    Could it be possible that Toyota is trying to discredit him to save the company billions of dollars? It very well could have happened the way he said it did.
    And they got the government, who is doing the tests with them, to back them how?
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    The story is updated, though not a lot of new information, but at least it is official information: Gov't says it cannot explain runaway Toyota - Yahoo! News

    The interesting part to me:

    According to the memo, a Toyota official who was at the two-day inspection last week in suburban San Diego explained that an electric motor would "completely seize" if a system to shut off the gas when the brake is pressed fails, and there was no evidence to support that happened.

    "In this case, knowing that we are able to push the car around the shop, it does not appear to be feasibly possible, both electronically and mechanically that his gas pedal was stuck to the floor and he was slamming on the brake at the same time," according to the memo.
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