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I Am Not Afraid Of My Toyota Prius
Washington Examiner ^ | March 12, 2010 | Theodore H. Frank

Posted on 03/12/2010 2:40:45 PM PST by raptor22

I’ve 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, 89—and I’m leaving out the son whose age wasn’t identified, but whose 94-year-old father died as a passenger.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: automakers; jamessikes; prius; toyota; toyotahoax; warontoyota
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1 posted on 03/12/2010 2:40:45 PM PST by raptor22
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To: raptor22

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?


2 posted on 03/12/2010 2:42:51 PM PST by Habibi ("It is vain to do with more what can be done with less." - William of Occam)
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To: raptor22
Yeah but I'm afraid to have you behind my Nissan! lol
3 posted on 03/12/2010 2:44:38 PM PST by Dem Guard
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To: raptor22

Plus, the recent example in California looks like it is was a hoax.


4 posted on 03/12/2010 2:46:00 PM PST by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: Habibi

The whole thing is a big fake.


5 posted on 03/12/2010 2:46:54 PM PST by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: raptor22

So you drive a Prius.....you’re gay?


6 posted on 03/12/2010 2:48:07 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: raptor22

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


7 posted on 03/12/2010 2:48:09 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: freedumb2003

+”...the recent example in California looks like it is was a hoax.”

Any idea what the motive was? Great American Lottery (lawsuit)?


8 posted on 03/12/2010 2:49:27 PM PST by Habibi ("It is vain to do with more what can be done with less." - William of Occam)
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To: Habibi

>>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...


9 posted on 03/12/2010 2:50:29 PM PST by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: raptor22

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.


10 posted on 03/12/2010 2:52:07 PM PST by JoeFromCA
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To: donna

“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”.

“Yup.”


11 posted on 03/12/2010 2:55:00 PM PST by Habibi ("It is vain to do with more what can be done with less." - William of Occam)
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To: raptor22

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)


12 posted on 03/12/2010 2:56:42 PM PST by cake_crumb (RR on ObieCare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRdLpem-AAs&feature=player_embedded#)
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To: freedumb2003
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...

Bankrupt Runaway Prius Driver Owns Adult Swinger Site (Jalopnik.com)

13 posted on 03/12/2010 2:58:55 PM PST by Constitution Day (Get over it.)
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To: Constitution Day

Thanks!


14 posted on 03/12/2010 3:02:41 PM PST by freedumb2003 ( Tagline lost -- anyone seen it?)
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To: Habibi

Two year? You may need to sell now, I think senility has set in already. ..l’ll give you $1500...cash


15 posted on 03/12/2010 3:11:17 PM PST by databoss
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To: freedumb2003
Glad to help out. Since it's a car-centric site, there's a plethora of stories on Jalopnik about the Prius. The more recent ones are all about the Runaway Prius Driver.
16 posted on 03/12/2010 3:11:45 PM PST by Constitution Day (Get over it.)
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To: freedumb2003

I figured as much.


17 posted on 03/12/2010 3:13:15 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: raptor22; All

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


18 posted on 03/12/2010 3:14:19 PM PST by raptor22 (The truth will set us free)
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To: nevergore

I drive a hybrid. Not Toyota.


19 posted on 03/12/2010 3:17:23 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I'm Ellie Light!)
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To: databoss

“..l’ll give you $1500...cash”

I’m thinking, I’m thinking. It may take a while.


20 posted on 03/12/2010 3:18:44 PM PST by Habibi ("It is vain to do with more what can be done with less." - William of Occam)
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To: Habibi
Yup.

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.

21 posted on 03/12/2010 3:18:49 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: raptor22
I'll stick with my 2008 F-250 4X4 with a 6" lift and 37" SuperSwampers, Flowmaster Exhaust, X3/SF3 POWER FLASH and 9.2 mpg Close to this one although this is an 07:


22 posted on 03/12/2010 3:19:51 PM PST by maddog55 (OBAMA, Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: raptor22
I Am Not Afraid Of My Toyota Prius

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?

23 posted on 03/12/2010 3:23:25 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: Habibi

How about some shiny beads instead? the gals at the senior day care will really dig ‘em...l’ll FAX them over...


24 posted on 03/12/2010 3:27:52 PM PST by databoss
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

“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. :-)


25 posted on 03/12/2010 3:30:51 PM PST by Habibi ("It is vain to do with more what can be done with less." - William of Occam)
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To: databoss

” the gals at the senior day care will really dig ‘em...l’ll 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. ;-)


26 posted on 03/12/2010 3:33:40 PM PST by Habibi ("It is vain to do with more what can be done with less." - William of Occam)
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To: Habibi

I want a Prius; you can get out of any speeding ticket. Just say the car took off on you! haha


27 posted on 03/12/2010 3:52:46 PM PST by Captain Steve
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To: raptor22
I am not afraid of the Pius. I drive a GMC truck.
28 posted on 03/12/2010 3:54:26 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Captain Steve

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.


29 posted on 03/12/2010 3:56:42 PM PST by cake_crumb (RR on ObieCare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRdLpem-AAs&feature=player_embedded#)
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To: raptor22

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 someone’s 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]

http://www.bestcashcow.com/news/article/jrodgers/james-sikes-and-his-toyota-prius-acceleration-problem-too-much-hollywood-script


30 posted on 03/12/2010 3:56:49 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: mc5cents
Yup. 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.

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.

31 posted on 03/12/2010 3:58:09 PM PST by RDasher ("El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather")
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To: Habibi

Remember, size does count here. How tall are you?


32 posted on 03/12/2010 4:00:36 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.)
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To: nevergore

If you have to ask you just might be.....


33 posted on 03/12/2010 4:02:34 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.)
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To: Habibi

Oh, I forgot to mention the huge hydrogen release when the batteries rupture, spraying sulfuric acid and sparks.


34 posted on 03/12/2010 4:10:19 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Uh, the author of the piece said that. I drive a Cadillac SRX with a good old-fashioned internal combustion engine, thank you.


35 posted on 03/12/2010 4:17:15 PM PST by raptor22 (The truth will set us free)
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To: raptor22
Uh, the author of the piece said that.

I know, sorry.

If I want a high MPG reliable car...I'll take a good ole low-tech TDI.

36 posted on 03/12/2010 4:24:24 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

no problemo.


37 posted on 03/12/2010 4:30:33 PM PST by raptor22 (The truth will set us free)
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To: Dem Guard
Yeah but I'm afraid to have you behind my Nissan! lol

Conversely, I don't you in front of my Honda.

38 posted on 03/12/2010 4:40:29 PM PST by meyer ("It's not enough just to not suck as much as the other side" - G. Beck)
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To: raptor22

WATCH THIS..........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ4PtafRB9c


39 posted on 03/12/2010 5:07:00 PM PST by weezel
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To: raptor22

WATCH THIS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ4PtafRB9c


40 posted on 03/12/2010 5:07:50 PM PST by weezel
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To: raptor22

the drivers included those of the ages 60, 61, 63, 66, 68, 71, 72, 72, 77, 79, 83, 85, 89


It should be obvious that the brake and accelerator peddles need to be embossed with huge lettering and a dash readout needs to be illuminated on every car on the road.

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.
/s


41 posted on 03/12/2010 7:00:40 PM PST by Joan Kerrey (The bigger the government = The smaller the people)
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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*!!!

:-P


42 posted on 03/12/2010 7:57:48 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: gogogodzilla

Sigh. AGAIN - The author of the piece said that! I own and drive a Cadillac SRX. Geez.


43 posted on 03/12/2010 8:01:25 PM PST by raptor22 (The truth will set us free)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
In a crash, what happens if the big cables touch together?

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.

44 posted on 03/12/2010 10:32:42 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Obama? Definitely eligible to be Prime Minister of the UK.)
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To: gogogodzilla
......it’s inability to maintain an adequate velocity in comparison with the flow of traffic....

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?

45 posted on 03/12/2010 10:41:42 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Obama? Definitely eligible to be Prime Minister of the UK.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

There are times my Accord creeps up to 125 but when that bone Pontiac lets me around I am good to go. :^)


46 posted on 03/12/2010 10:44:10 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Kenny Bunk
You are probably patriarchal.

I AM NOT BALD!...(completely...yet)

47 posted on 03/13/2010 4:32:50 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: eyedigress
There are times my Accord creeps up to 125

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.

48 posted on 03/13/2010 3:50:44 PM PST by Kenny Bunk (Obama? Definitely eligible to be Prime Minister of the UK.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

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. :^)


49 posted on 03/13/2010 9:47:36 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Kenny Bunk

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.


50 posted on 03/13/2010 10:22:16 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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