Skip to comments.I Am Not Afraid Of My Toyota Prius
Posted on 03/12/2010 2:40:45 PM PST by raptor22
Ive been driving Toyota Priuses since 2001. As a junior defense lawyer in the mid-90s, I litigated a number of bogus sudden acceleration cases that were brought against General Motors.
So the recent kerfuffle over alleged mysterious electronic problems with the Prius and other Toyotas has certainly caught my attention beyond just throwing my floor mat in the trunk. (snip)
The Los Angeles Times recently did a story detailing all of the NHTSA reports of Toyota sudden acceleration fatalities, and, though the Times did not mention it, the ages of the drivers involved were striking.
In the 24 cases where driver age was reported or readily inferred, the drivers included those of the ages 60, 61, 63, 66, 68, 71, 72, 72, 77, 79, 83, 85, 89and Im leaving out the son whose age wasnt identified, but whose 94-year-old father died as a passenger.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...
Uh oh. I’m 58 how, and I’ve been driving my Prius for the last 4 years. Will I need to sell in two year?
Plus, the recent example in California looks like it is was a hoax.
The whole thing is a big fake.
So you drive a Prius.....you’re gay?
With all the Politically Motivated movies being produced today....I wonder if....Stephen King will rewrite Christine...now as a Killer Toyota Prius! (I suggest AL Gore’s son to star)...LOL
+”...the recent example in California looks like it is was a hoax.”
Any idea what the motive was? Great American Lottery (lawsuit)?
>>Any idea what the motive was? Great American Lottery (lawsuit)?<<
That plus the guy has some sort of reality web site. But it turns out he is $700,000 in debt and in has filed BK...
My 84-yr.old mother-in-law, who is otherwise very strongly in control of her environment, applied the accelerator instead of the brake on her Lincoln Continental about 5 yrs. ago. She crashed into the side of a restaurant, with no injuries but a totaled Lincoln. She still can’t believe she did it, but at least she owned up to her mistake.
“The whole thing is a big fake.”
Yeah, I was showing my kid how to disengage the engine (called neutral). It took about 1.5 seconds. He’s 10 years old and asked, “Is that all you have to do?!?!”.
“Yup, that’s all”.
“Dad, then these people must be stupid and that’s why they died”.
I wanted to email him a “thank you”, but am not messing with the “create account” stuff: my email should be MORE than sufficient. But Mr Frank, if you happen to lurk, THANK YOU for validating everything I’ve said (in public, in a voice that tends to carry) since the first chirpy reports were gushed all over on CNN by enthusiastic unicorn chasers.
The panic surrounding the Toyota recall was more embarassing than the H1n1 stupidity (with us since the ‘90’s)
Bankrupt Runaway Prius Driver Owns Adult Swinger Site (Jalopnik.com)
Two year? You may need to sell now, I think senility has set in already. ..l’ll give you $1500...cash
I figured as much.
The government kills many more than Toyota’s been accused of by forcing them into smaller cars: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2468420/posts
I drive a hybrid. Not Toyota.
“..lll give you $1500...cash”
I’m thinking, I’m thinking. It may take a while.
And who would call 911 with a runaway car??? "Sir, put the phone down and put the car in neutral."
I understand that is exactly what the 911 operator told him to do but got no response.
Really. So how much battery acid do you have on board?
Where does it go if you have a crash?
In a crash, what happens if the big cables touch together?
How about some shiny beads instead? the gals at the senior day care will really dig ‘em...l’ll FAX them over...
“In a crash, what happens if the big cables touch together?”
Why, then you slowly burn to death. Of course, it doesn’t carry as much gas on board as a real car. A REAL car will incinerate you MUCH faster. :-)
” the gals at the senior day care will really dig em...lll FAX them over..”
Yeah, the beads are starting to grown on me. I’ll look at ‘em after you fax ‘em.
Laugh now you naughty man. ;-)
I want a Prius; you can get out of any speeding ticket. Just say the car took off on you! haha
Only reason I don’t own a Prius is that stupid green commercial with the whole 1960s, acid induced flower garden sprouting all around it...always had a thing against that, even as a kid in the 60s.
FROM BESTCASHCOW.COM BLOGGERS:
[Jim Sikes?.....The name sounded familiar to me, then it clicked. He was the owner of a foreclosed home that we were trying to buy last year in Bonita, a suburb of San Diego.
That in-of-itself is not enough to question someones character, but the fact that he gutted the ENTIRE kitchen out of this 4,000 ft custom home certainly is! They stole EVERYTHING before moving out. Appliances, cabinets, granite countertops....even the lights!
What made it even more pathetic at the time was we learned that he and his wife were pretty well known local realtors whom you’d think would be above such sleazy shenanigans.
I’m tempted to contact Toyota corporate and have them scrutinize this joker carefully. Posted: Mar 10, 2010]
[Are you kidding me!! I’ve been a certified mechanic for 32 years and I can tell you this guy is lying!!!!!First of all the brakes can stop a Prius at full throttle, but why not just put the car in neutral as the 911 operator repeatedly told him to do??? The engine button has to be held for 3 seconds to shut down but he was on the phone for 26 minutes!!!!! The previous crash that killed a trooper and family hapened in a matter of seconds and in no way can be compared to this incident. This low-life should be prosecuted along with his wife who has made complicit statements. Posted: Mar 11, 2010]
I had a stuck accelerator once. I took the huge leap of faith and turned the ignition off. Amazingly the car immediately started to slow down.
BTW: It was a Buick.
Remember, size does count here. How tall are you?
If you have to ask you just might be.....
Oh, I forgot to mention the huge hydrogen release when the batteries rupture, spraying sulfuric acid and sparks.
Uh, the author of the piece said that. I drive a Cadillac SRX with a good old-fashioned internal combustion engine, thank you.
I know, sorry.
If I want a high MPG reliable car...I'll take a good ole low-tech TDI.
Conversely, I don't you in front of my Honda.
the drivers included those of the ages 60, 61, 63, 66, 68, 71, 72, 72, 77, 79, 83, 85, 89
It’s situations like these that cries for more government control in this area. There are probably thousands of deaths every year due to lack of labels and dash readouts. Also a fund needs to be set up to cover liability suits. I’m thinking maybe $50 billion to start administered by ACORN or similar public interest organization.
You may not be afraid of your Toyota Pious... but I’m afraid of your Toyota Pious. For the Toyota Pious is a hazard on the road with it’s inability to maintain an adequate velocity in comparison with the flow of traffic, thereby creating a road hazard that increases the risk of accidents.
For the sake of the children, *BAN THE PIOUS*!!!
Sigh. AGAIN - The author of the piece said that! I own and drive a Cadillac SRX. Geez.
The on-board microwave automatically prepares a light, low-fat, high-protein dinner. After the driver finishes, flosses, and rinses with Perrier, the ejection seat accelerates his/her undoubtedly homosexual carcass into a near-earth orbit. The onboard cell-phone uplink notifies NASA, the insurance company, and next-of-kin.
BTW, Your question is inappropriate. You demonstrate binary gender bias. You are probably patriarchal. Hegemonic. Capitalistic, and probably, I am ashamed to say, somewhat imperialistic.
Wrong, ya big ape. The Pious moves right along if driven properly. Despite hetero tendencies I have driven one, and with a little planning, it easily out-accelerates a Mercedes 190 D, a 48 Dodge Power Wagon, and makes mincemeat of Farmall Super Cs, even if they have the road gear.
How the hell fast do you want to go, anyway?
There are times my Accord creeps up to 125 but when that bone Pontiac lets me around I am good to go. :^)
I AM NOT BALD!...(completely...yet)
My Bible tells me the 12 Apostles were in 1 Accord, so I believe anything about those cars.
However, if you are a speed demon, I recommend an Acura Legend Coupé and a mechanic who can install an aftermarket chip without the limiter. You will then have the ability to attain cruisiung speeds in the commuter airline range.
Yowza. Freaky. Move-to-Montana speed.
I do it for the ladies. The car they wanted defeated was a Grand AM and it was simple. Given that mine is of voting age and has 270,000 miles on it I’ll just keep it a secret. :^)
I want to accelerate up to highway speeds (65-75 mph) quick enough to do so in 200-300 feet... which, coincidently, is the average length of the on-off merge ramps around here.