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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    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.
    Thank you.

    Years ago, my dad taught me how to drive in snow and ice, taught me how to use the emergency brake, how to turn into the slide, taught me how to pump the brakes (before ABS).....all that.

    Just slip it into neutral, pull over, and turn off the car. Duh.

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    A paid GMC anti Toyota insurgent?


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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by USA-1 View Post
    He would have to be mentally unstable to try a stunt like that.
    I'm from San Diego. I know the area he was in and yes, he'd have to be insane to pull a stunt like this in that area:

    The concern both men had was that soon they would hit the Mountain Springs Grade, a steep downhill stretch that could prove deadly at 90 mph.

    Update: CHP aids driver of runaway Prius - SignOnSanDiego.com

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    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.
    They were worn down to nothing. How would that not be consistent with what he claimed?
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by MC.no.spin View Post
    Yeah, and since the conflicting report is coming from Toyota I believe the reports by the police and other inspectors.



    I suppose someone who owned a lot of stock in Toyota.
    The problem is not the hydraulic brakes but in the engine braking system.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    More stuff worth considering:

    On Monday, James Sikes called 911 to report that he was behind the wheel of an out-of-control Toyota Prius going 94 mph on a freeway near San Diego. Twenty-three minutes later, a California Highway Patrol officer helped guide him to a stop, a rescue that was captured on videotape.

    Since then, it's been learned that:

    Sikes filed for bankruptcy in San Diego in 2008. According to documents, he was more than $700,000 in debt and owed roughly $19,000 on his Prius;

    In 2001, Sikes filed a police report with the Merced County Sheriff's Department for $58,000 in stolen property, including jewelry, a digital video camera and equipment and $24,000 in cash;

    Sikes has hired a law firm, though it has indicated he has no plans to sue Toyota;
    Man at Wheel of 'Out-of-Control' Prius Has Troubled Financial Past - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News - FOXNews.com
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by USA-1 View Post
    They were worn down to nothing. How would that not be consistent with what he claimed?
    A hard stop on the brakes could overheat the pads and the rotors and can show more damage to them rather than a gradual press to normally stop a car that will show a complete wear out of the pads. If you want to do a hard stop, it will most likely destroy the rotors as well as the pads, but this shows just being worn out. So the question is, did the driver do a hard stop with the e-brakes like he was instructed to do? Don't know if this is true, can anyone refute or support my argument?

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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    I'm siding with the guy on this one because of Toyota's past on this. First they claimed on other models they couldn't duplicate the stuck pedals then an engineer replicated it exactly. I've heard the tape and the guy sounds confused and scared. I'm still trying to find any reason why he would make this up. The officier said he could smell the brakes being worn out and saw the guy literally standing on the pedals. What I saw today especially was a flat out hit job on this guy's character.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    Quote Originally Posted by USA-1 View Post
    They were worn down to nothing. How would that not be consistent with what he claimed?
    They are now claiming the wear isn't consistent with his story whatever that means.
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    Re: APNewsBreak: Probe questions runaway Prius story

    I just heard on the news that the cars black box indicated the brakes were lightly applied over 200 times during the incident rather than smashing the brakes and keeping them applied. If that had been done cars engine cutoff would most likely engaged. The investigation stated that this system is working fine.
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