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Runaway Media Hype in Toyota Prius Crash: Despite Media Reports, Cars Never Touched
Car Dealer Review ^ | 3/9/2010 | Car Dealer Review

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.

However:

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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KEYWORDS: jamessikes; media; msm; prius; toyota
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1 posted on 03/09/2010 8:43:15 AM PST by wrrock
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To: wrrock

The whole thing is BS. UAW setup. If Toyota’s were bad - they would be crashing all over the world.


2 posted on 03/09/2010 8:44:36 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: wrrock

The media are the “Government Motors” Car Company’s Propoganda Ministry.


3 posted on 03/09/2010 8:45:43 AM PST by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: wrrock

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?


4 posted on 03/09/2010 8:45:48 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: DonaldC

There is no key in many modern cars...


5 posted on 03/09/2010 8:47:20 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: wrrock
I saw the car stopped and it was a dead stop...and the cop backed his police car to the dude's front bumper as a precaution...not a solution.

Any chance this cop and dude knew each other??

6 posted on 03/09/2010 8:47:25 AM PST by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: wrrock

Correct. It’s all bull Obama.

Of course, Prius drivers are not exactly the most mechanically or intellectually inclined folks.


7 posted on 03/09/2010 8:47:48 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: ltc8k6

“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.


8 posted on 03/09/2010 8:49:03 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: wrrock
So in other words, the driver of the Prius eventually came to a stop all by himself.
If this is the same story I saw on the news this morning .... the driver called 911 and asked what to do. Duh.
The cop said he pulled alongside the car and with a bullhorn, told the driver to use both feet on the brake pedal and to use the emergency brake too. Double Duh.
Just how stupid does one have to be to not know these things?
9 posted on 03/09/2010 8:50:10 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: wrrock

How long has the Prius been on the market?
How come these “problems” are surfacing now?


10 posted on 03/09/2010 8:52:13 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: wrrock
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.

Someone tell Algore's kid that...

http://www.viralthis.com/116/jeff-dunham-blue-prius-comedy.html

11 posted on 03/09/2010 8:52:13 AM PST by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: DonaldC

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.


12 posted on 03/09/2010 8:52:40 AM PST by Badray
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To: wrrock

i hope toyota has private investigaters on this....


13 posted on 03/09/2010 8:52:58 AM PST by dalebert
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To: DonaldC

You generally hold a button down to shut off the engine.


14 posted on 03/09/2010 8:53:52 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Texas resident

Look at toyotas long history of keeping defects hid from media they have been dooing it for years.


15 posted on 03/09/2010 8:55:04 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: wrrock

This is the kind of event that almost certainly would yield interesting information if the identity of the driver could be determined.


16 posted on 03/09/2010 8:56:29 AM PST by Chaguito
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To: ltc8k6

Shift into neutral. Anyone who’s too stupid to figure this out ought not be behind the wheel.


17 posted on 03/09/2010 8:56:54 AM PST by pgkdan (I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: Vaduz

Dang, they’ve kept it hidden from me as well in all the flawless Toyotas I have owned over the last 34 years.


18 posted on 03/09/2010 8:58:36 AM PST by Chaguito
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To: DonaldC

You hold the button down and the car will turn off.


19 posted on 03/09/2010 8:58:58 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Badray

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.


20 posted on 03/09/2010 9:00:13 AM PST by ex 98C MI Dude (All of my hate cannot be found, I will not be drowned by your constant scheming)
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To: wrrock
I'm waiting for the reports of "anguished" spouses who ran over their husband/wife with a "runaway toyota." Why?

This all made me think back to the Atlanta Child serial killer in the early 80s. Once the reports flooded the news of his crimes, others started knocking off their unwanted kids figuring they had cover.

21 posted on 03/09/2010 9:01:17 AM PST by drpix
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To: Frantzie

UAW story maybe - bad reproting for sure. this is another version of the OJ,Audi, Explorer or H1N1...all headlines no sense of proportion.


22 posted on 03/09/2010 9:01:32 AM PST by q_an_a
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To: Chaguito

My thought as well. Who is this anonymous driver? An SEIU official? UAW? Ralph Nader?


23 posted on 03/09/2010 9:02:06 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Badray

Shift into neutral, not park.


24 posted on 03/09/2010 9:02:59 AM PST by GoDuke
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To: pgkdan
Shift into neutral. Anyone who’s too stupid to figure this out ought not be behind the wheel.

If some of these people are trying to set up a law suit they will be saddened to learn of the doctrine of contributory negligence .

25 posted on 03/09/2010 9:03:21 AM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: Chaguito; Cicero

He was on The Today Show this morning. Not a page out of the Dark Conspiracy Handbook.


26 posted on 03/09/2010 9:05:44 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Vaduz
Look at toyotas long history of keeping defects hid from media they have been dooing it for years.

For years Toyota has been getting a free ride from the media
by playing the PC card. One salesman even confided to me
that they trained them to play on this while selling, make
the customer think that he is racist NOT to buy a Toyota.
I also think Japanese cars are highly over rated. My last
Chrysler product had over 200K miles and gave nearly no
trouble.
That said, I feel about this media hype the same I would
about some criminal that got off on a technicallity, and
now is facing trumped up charges that they do not deserve.
It’s not fair and it stinks of conspiricy.

27 posted on 03/09/2010 9:05:56 AM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: wrrock
1. Start driving your Toyota, Prius, etc.
2. Push down on the excelerator until it is floored.
3. Call 911 and report the car is out of control.
4. When cops arrive, put car in neutral, turn off engine and cruise to a stop.
5. Call Media and tell a story about how it was miracle you weren’t killed, etc.
6. File lawsuit for big dollars.
7. Retire rich.
28 posted on 03/09/2010 9:06:13 AM PST by detective
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To: pgkdan

Modern auto transmissions are not directly shifted by the shift lever. This has been the case for quite a while. Moving the lever is only a request to a computer for a certain gear. It’s entirely possible for that computer to decide not to give you neutral.


29 posted on 03/09/2010 9:07:05 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: pgkdan

Yes, you shift into neutral (obviously not into park, which the car would not do anyway) and use the brake to get off the road and coast to a stop.

You DO NOT try to turn the engine off until you are off the road. If you do, you will lose the power steering


30 posted on 03/09/2010 9:07:29 AM PST by Sigurdrifta
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To: ex 98C MI Dude

I agree with you. I was responding specifically to turning off the key or just shifting to park. It can’t be done. Neutral is the way to go.


31 posted on 03/09/2010 9:07:53 AM PST by Badray
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To: detective

The black box will catch you, though...


32 posted on 03/09/2010 9:09:05 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: wrrock
has anyone done a background on the driver - any UAW connection - known publicity hound - etc.???
33 posted on 03/09/2010 9:09:40 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: GoDuke

You are right. See my post at #31.


34 posted on 03/09/2010 9:09:43 AM PST by Badray
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To: Badray

Roger. But I see down thread that shifting into neutral may not be an option in this type of vehicle. Makes it a very different kettle of fish, I am afraid.

No way I’d buy a car where one of my commands can be viewed by the car as a request.


35 posted on 03/09/2010 9:11:28 AM PST by ex 98C MI Dude (All of my hate cannot be found, I will not be drowned by your constant scheming)
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To: kbennkc

I’ve owned a series of Toyotas over the years. No problem with any. My Tacoma had 264,000 on it when I sold it to a friend, and he’s put over 100,000 on it. I currently have a 2007 FJ Cruiser with 70,000. I had a Plymouth Voyager that would accelerate hard sometimes when you hit the cruise control switch. Tapping the brakes always worked.


36 posted on 03/09/2010 9:11:51 AM PST by TStro
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To: kbennkc
That depends on which state. Here's a posted from FR today, of a company's truck-driver who took his wife & daughter on a trip with him and ran the daughter over.

The judge did not allow the jury to know the father ran her over (and had the entire family traveling & probably living with him in the truck). The jury awarded the girl $23 million of the trucking firms money. In much of this country, lawyers have replaced the doctrine of "contributory negligence" with the doctrine of "deep pockets."

link

37 posted on 03/09/2010 9:15:44 AM PST by drpix
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To: wrrock

What if sharks start driving Toyota’s? The we would all be doomed!


38 posted on 03/09/2010 9:20:14 AM PST by The Duke
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To: DonaldC
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.

On a Prius, you gotta do Ctrl-Alt-Delete, then bring up the Task Manager to kill the process... :0)

Yes, I'm kidding!

39 posted on 03/09/2010 9:24:55 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: DonaldC

The driver said he tried several times to push to button and it finally cut off.


40 posted on 03/09/2010 9:25:11 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: pgkdan

Agreed.


41 posted on 03/09/2010 9:27:35 AM PST by dabridge
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To: wrrock

Sift to Neutral.

Why don’t people just take their car out of gear during unexpected acceleration?


42 posted on 03/09/2010 9:29:20 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Democrats prioritize Death over Enslavement!)
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To: Vaduz
Look at toyotas long history of keeping defects hid from media they have been dooing it for years.

Links please.

43 posted on 03/09/2010 9:30:16 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: wrrock
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.

The article is shaded with bias.

The author claims the above, but omits some facts.

A Prius is a hybrid...it has a gas engine and a battery system for propulsion. If the computer decides to go to full power at once, it would direct full power from the batteries to the drive system. Electric vehicles can create a 'jump' effect because torque is immediate.

Toyota has a real problem on its hands.

44 posted on 03/09/2010 9:30:29 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Cicero

He was on all the news programs this morning. I just don’t remember his name, but it would be easy to find.


45 posted on 03/09/2010 9:38:16 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Chaguito

Get a lottery ticket you got lucky.


46 posted on 03/09/2010 9:39:07 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Michael Barnes

toyota.com


47 posted on 03/09/2010 9:40:20 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: ilovesarah2012
He was on all the news programs this morning.

That in itself says something. The media ignore anything they disapprove of. But they've all been all over Toyota's case. There are hundreds of road mishaps every day, but they have jumped on this one big time.

Obviously they have gotten their orders from the White House.

48 posted on 03/09/2010 9:43:51 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: jiggyboy

Who decided to put him on the Today Show? Would they do this if he had been driving a Government Motors car?


49 posted on 03/09/2010 9:45:45 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: COBOL2Java

“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.

On a Prius, you gotta do Ctrl-Alt-Delete, then bring up the Task Manager to kill the process... :0)

Yes, I’m kidding!”

That’s funny I don’t care who you are! :)


50 posted on 03/09/2010 9:47:58 AM PST by GoDuke
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