Skip to comments.Runaway Media Hype in Toyota Prius Crash: Despite Media Reports, Cars Never Touched
Posted on 03/09/2010 8:43:14 AM PST by wrrock
Every single news agency has turned their attention to a car crash in California involving a Toyota Prius. The driver claimed the accelerator got stuck on a California freeway and Patrol offers had to slow them down. It's a story that makes an instant celebrity, and the media loves to hype it.
Anyone that has driven a Prius knows that such a car has not the power to 'JUMP' forward no matter how quick and hard you press the gas pedal. Furthermore, the ability to accelerate in a Prius is so modest, not even the most paranoid driver would be startled by its speeding up.
Secondly, this driver not only had time to call the police after it "ran out of control" he managed to drive the car for another 20 minutes until the police showed up. How out of control could the car have been if he was driving on a busy highway for nearly half an hour?
Finally, contrary to the news report shown below, the CHP officer never helped the Prius slow down. The official CHP report says the officer's car never came in contact with the Prius until the two cars were stopped on the side of the road. So in other words, the driver of the Prius eventually came to a stop all by himself.
Once the car slowed to around 50 mph, Sikes turned off the car's engine and it rolled to a stop with the trooper's car in front of it. The two cars did not touch, police said.
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The whole thing is BS. UAW setup. If Toyota’s were bad - they would be crashing all over the world.
The media are the “Government Motors” Car Company’s Propoganda Ministry.
Maybe there is something about the problem I don’t understand, but how hard is it if a car acts up like this, to turn off the engine with the key?
There is no key in many modern cars...
Any chance this cop and dude knew each other??
Correct. It’s all bull Obama.
Of course, Prius drivers are not exactly the most mechanically or intellectually inclined folks.
“There is no key in many modern cars...”
Oh, I did not know that. I guess if there is no kill switch or something like that, one is screwed if the car accelerates like that.
How long has the Prius been on the market?
How come these “problems” are surfacing now?
Someone tell Algore's kid that...
This was tested on Mythbusters some time in the past two years. According to them, they discovered that as long as the transmission is not in park, removing the key does nothing and it is impossible to shift into park when the car is moving. It’s a safety design feature but they may have overlooked some scenarios where it is essential. I think that most of this fuss over Toyota is pure hype and is being instigated by Government Motors and their owners, the UAW.
i hope toyota has private investigaters on this....
You generally hold a button down to shut off the engine.
Look at toyotas long history of keeping defects hid from media they have been dooing it for years.
This is the kind of event that almost certainly would yield interesting information if the identity of the driver could be determined.
Shift into neutral. Anyone who’s too stupid to figure this out ought not be behind the wheel.
Dang, they’ve kept it hidden from me as well in all the flawless Toyotas I have owned over the last 34 years.
You hold the button down and the car will turn off.
But you can shift the car into neutral, brake to a stop, and shut off the engine. Much better than smoking your brakes with the car in gear.