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  • Toyota Recalls 1.9 Million Prius Vehicles Worldwide Over (software) Glitch

    02/12/2014 2:29:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/12/14
    Toyota is recalling 1.9 million hybrid Prius cars globally for a software glitch that could cause them to stall. **SNIP** The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.
  • Science Confirms That BMW And Prius Drivers Are The Worst

    08/14/2013 12:27:43 PM PDT · by posterchild · 89 replies
    jalopnik ^ | Wed Aug 13, 2013 | Patrick George
    We have long ragged on BMW drivers for their terrible parking skills and general assholery, and Toyota Prius drivers for their holier-than-thou smugness. Now, it has been confirmed — through the miraculous power of science — that their owners are, in fact, terrible and inconsiderate motorists. Our old pal Benjamin Preston reports in the New York Times on a study done by the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California Berkeley which links poor driving habits and wealth. Basically, rich people are more likely to be jerks behind the wheel. The researchers examined how motorists in...
  • Vandal Targets Prius Cars in Arlington

    07/23/2013 4:30:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | 7/22/2013
    More than a dozen people spread throughout north and south Arlington woke up Monday morning with slashed car tires, and the vandal had a pretty specific target. Someone punctured the tires of Priuses parked overnight on driveways, apartment parking lots and the street. Police found 15 Prius cars flat. They also got a Smart car. Police say they found fingerprints consistent with someone leaning on the car while cutting the tires.
  • Leftie Prius Owner goes off on truck driver

    07/10/2013 10:27:51 AM PDT · by nesnah · 75 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 10, 2013 | Me
    Amazing leftie goes off on a guy with a diesel truck. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVdMySWfAIQ
  • The 10 Cars With the Most Obnoxious Drivers

    07/08/2013 11:23:47 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 124 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | 1-22-2012 | Doug Ross
    Hey, but if you drive one of these, I'm sure you're the exception... 10. Toyota Prius   They should have called it the Toyota Sanctimonius. That sidelong glare you get when you pass one? It means you're driving too fast. Wasting precious gasoline. Defiling Gaia. Reveling in your carbon footprint. You, my friend, are the enemy of mankind. And all Prius drivers. 9. 1990's-Vintage Modified Honda Civic   Yes, this is the infamous "Ricer", equipped with fart pipe, sub-$250 body kit, partially-finished paint job and Formula One-style spoiler. It must, of course, be lowered sufficiently to scrape the pavement like...
  • 'Father of the Prius' Declares Electric Cars 'Not Viable'

    02/04/2013 2:10:43 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 66 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | February 4, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    Hybrid car pioneer and “father of the Prius” Takeshi Uchiyamada says the billions poured into developing battery electric vehicles have ultimately been in vain. "Because of its shortcomings--driving range, cost and recharging time--the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars," said Uchiyamada. "We need something entirely new." Uchiyamada’s comments come as the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that the government is backing off President Barack Obama’s promise to put one million electric cars on American roads by 2015. As Breitbart News reported last September, there are just 30,000 electric cars on American roads.
  • Goodbye, Prius? Japanese carmakers drop battery electric-car development

    02/04/2013 10:41:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Japan is backtracking on battery electric-car development, as even Nissan’s vice chairman, the so-called “father of the Prius,” announced plans to copy Toyota and pursue fuel-cell cars that convert hydrogen to electricity. “Because of its shortcomings — driving range, cost and recharging time — the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars,” said Nissan’s vice chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada,..
  • Some Chevy Dealers Pull Plug on Volt – 2012 Sales Well Below Goals

    01/07/2013 9:17:53 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 7, 2013 | Mark Modica
    The final tally is in for 2012 Chevy Volt sales. The good news (which is what most headlines will trumpet) is that sales for General Motors' flagship green vehicle tripled from 2011's paltry 7,671 to a slightly less paltry 23,461 in 2012. The bad news is that the number is almost half of GM's sales goal of 45,000 in 2012 for the Volt. The further bad news is that the Volt has so little demand in most regions that some dealerships are refusing to pay for required tools to repair the vehicles and are choosing to cease selling the vehicles...
  • Car thieves avoiding Toyota Prius

    11/23/2012 6:54:43 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    autoblog.com ^ | Zach Bowman
    Car thieves avoiding Toyota Prius By Zach Bowman RSS feed Posted Nov 21st 2012 4:30PM The National Insurance Crime Bureau has taken a closer look at how often car thieves target the Toyota Prius. As it turns out, the most popular hybrid on US roads has a very low theft rate, and when it does get stolen, law enforcement are quick to return the machine to its rightful owners. All told, 2008-2012 Prius models saw a theft rate of one in 606 vehicles compared to one in 78 for all models on the road from the same model year period....
  • Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners

    09/25/2012 7:23:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    Design News ^ | 04-18-2012 | Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
    A new study by R.L. Polk & Co. shows that the overall percentage of hybrids sold into the new vehicle market has fallen from 2.9 percent to 2.4 percent over the past three years. Moreover, approximately two-thirds of hybrid owners who returned to the market in 2011 did not buy another hybrid. "Intuitively, you would expect the numbers to be higher, given how many hybrid vehicles are available in the market place today," Brad Smith, director of Polk's loyalty management practice, told us. Polk's study revealed that only 35 percent of hybrid owners chose to purchase a hybrid again when...
  • (Prius) Driver beaten after car veers into bikers

    05/21/2012 3:39:43 AM PDT · by csvset · 58 replies
    SFGATE ^ | May 21, 2012 | Demian Bulwa
    <p>A Prius driver who was using his cell phone to record footage of a pack of motorcyclists veered into them Sunday morning, prompting some of the bikers to beat him up on a San Mateo County freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported.</p>
  • Study Reveals Most Popular Cars Of Each Major Political Party

    04/01/2012 2:26:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 101 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | MARCH 31, 2012 | Tom Joslin
    Study Reveals Most Popular Cars Of Each Major Political Party Marketing research company Strategic Vision recently completed a study that sought to identify what new vehicles found the most favor with Democrats and Republicans. After 38,000 responses the study revealed some rather interesting results. The most popular vehicle of those who self identified as members of Republican Party was the not so conservative Ford Mustang Convertible, followed by the Audi A8, Mercedes GL, Ford Expedition and Ford F-150. In fact it seems convertibles are a big hit with members of the Grand Old Party, who were responsible for 69% of...
  • Woman Claims Neighbor’s Energy Efficient Windows Are Melting Her Toyota Prius

    01/25/2012 8:42:52 AM PST · by jakerobins · 68 replies
    STUDIO CITY (CBS) — A SoCal woman says the energy efficient window installed in a neighbor’s condominium is melting the plastic components on cars parked in her carport. Heather Patron of Studio City was dealing with a mystery regarding her Toyota Prius. “The side view mirrors were melting,” says Patron. “Anything that was plastic on the car was melting.” Toyota told Patron nothing was wrong with the car. After having the mirrors replaced, she noticed the mirrors on the car parked next to hers were also melting.
  • Detroit unsure over the future of green cars

    01/11/2012 5:36:27 PM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    The US auto industry remains unsold over the future of "green cars" such as electrics and hybrids, as carmakers struggle with the first steps in a market most agree shows promise over the long term. Automakers wheeled out a variety of new hybrids and plug-in electrics at the annual Detroit auto show this week, touting their great energy savings along with new, freshened designs. But despite that apparent commitment, behind the scenes, the manufacturers remain split between doubts and optimism over their potential. Ten years after the Toyota Prius hybrid swept into the market, only about three percent of all...
  • Bear Goes Joyriding in Family's Prius (VIDEO)

    09/08/2011 8:23:20 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    The Stir ^ | September 7, 2011 at 10:32 PM | Julie Ryan Evans
    Unlike most, the McCarthy family from California actually has some vacation pictures and a story that someone else may find interesting. While they were sleeping at their Lake Tahoe cabin, they heard the horn of their Toyota Prius start honking. Roused from a deep sleep, they saw a bunch of activity going on inside the vehicle with "fuzzy arms flailing," and heard grunting noises coming from it. Shortly thereafter, their car was gone. No it wasn't a bunch of crazy hairy thieves or wild teenagers out looking for a ride, but rather a black bear who somehow entered and got...
  • Toyota to Equip Prius With Power Supply Function

    07/26/2011 12:15:56 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 76 replies
    TechON! ^ | Jul 21, 2011 16:45 | Naoshige Shimizu, Nikkei Automotive Technology
    Toyota Motor Corp announced July 19, 2011, that it will equip the Prius with a function to provide electricity from its rechargeable battery to external equipment. The function enables to power, for example, home electric appliances in the case of power outage. Toyota plans to release it as an option for the Prius in 2012. Its price has not been determined yet. The company intends to make the function available to other hybrid electric vehicles, too. Toyota has already equipped the hybrid electric version of the Estima with a power supply function. "(After the Tohoku Earthquake,) users in the afflicted...
  • Mileage Math Mania--Unplug the hype, and how much car is left?

    06/30/2011 9:09:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 30, 2011 | Claton E. Cramer
    Everywhere I look, I see hybrids. Chevrolet’s new Volt, a “plug-in hybrid,” is in sufficient demand that some dealers are adding a $4,300 “market availability adjustment” charge, bringing these cars up to $49,000. Can’t anyone do math?I like the idea of an electric car — and I especially like the idea of the Chevy Volt. It is mechanically simpler than the Toyota Prius. Recharging from house current is very economical for those who are going to primarily use the Volt for commuting. But there is no economic sense to these cars.Buy a Chevy Volt at the suggested retail price...
  • Toyota recalls 106,000 Prius cars

    06/01/2011 4:59:50 AM PDT · by quantim · 15 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jun 1, 7:24 AM EDT | YURI KAGEYAMA
    TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota recalled 106,000 first-generation Prius hybrid cars globally on Wednesday for faulty steering caused by a nut that may come loose. The single minor accident suspected of being related to the problem was reported in the U.S., according to Toyota Motor Corp. The latest recall from Toyota, which has taken hit to its reputation from massive recalls worldwide, affects 48,000 Prius vehicles in Japan, starting with the first Prius models that went on sale in 1997, and those manufactured through 2003. It also affects 58,000 vehicles sold abroad, including 52,000 Prius cars sold from 2001 through 2003...
  • Hybrid Sales Up 39%? Don’t Believe All The Hype

    03/08/2011 3:04:08 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 7 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/8/2011 | Ed Carson
    U.S. hybrid sales rose 39% in February vs. a year earlier to 23,263, noted autobloggreen.com. However, the bulk of that reflects Toyota (TM) Prius sales, which surged 70% vs. a year earlier. But in February 2010, Toyota was knee-deep in the sudden acceleration media circus. Prius sales rose just 10% vs. February 2009, near the bottom of the recession and bear market, and with gas prices low. Prius sales dived 34% in February 2009 vs. a year earlier. As for other hybrids, they rose a more modest 11% vs. a year earlier to 9,724.
  • Is Liberalism Reince Priebus’ Eminent Domain?

    01/14/2011 3:17:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Big Government ^ | Dec 21st 2010 | Dan Riehl
    It seems fair to ask, when one uses standard liberal catch-phrasing, volunteers for an organization like the NAACP, becomes party to an eminent domain lawsuit to take property from a small business on behalf of the government and is linked to the solicitation of government stimulus funding, just how conservative is said individual? Given that the individual in question is Reince Priebus, currently seeking the RNC Chairmanship and talking like a conservative, how is it that he seems to have so walked the walk of a typical liberal over the years? This was only ten years ago, after all. Certainly,...
  • Prius driven by incoming Mayor Jean Quan booted over unpaid tickets

    11/25/2010 9:30:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/25/10 | Angela Woodall
    OAKLAND -- Incoming mayor and current Councilmember Jean Quan received an unwanted surprise Tuesday when she found a boot on the car she had parked in her reserved City Hall spot. The car in question, a Toyota Prius, is registered to Quan's husband, Floyd Huen. A police technician ran a check on the car and discovered that it had more than $1,000 worth of unpaid parking tickets, parking officials confirmed. The tech then ordered workers to immobilize the car. Quan said Wednesday evening that the couple had received the tickets during her campaign, which had kept her "extraordinarily busy." Her...
  • The dirty side of Toyota Prius

    10/20/2010 5:19:04 AM PDT · by Lockbox · 68 replies · 7+ views
    Automotive News ^ | October 18, 2010 | None Listed
    The dirty side of Toyota Prius The Toyota Prius is among the greenest cars to operate. But manufacturing the famous gasoline-electric hybrid can be a dirty business. Toyota studied the car's total environmental impact from factory to junkyard. Not surprisingly, the fuel-efficient Prius was better than average in its class of vehicles in lifetime emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide, according to Toyota. But it was slightly worse than average in emissions of nonmethane hydrocarbons and particulate matter. Toyota says this is because producing hybrid-only parts such as motors, inverters and nickel-metal hydride batteries consumes more energy...
  • Where have all the Obama bumper stickers gone?

    10/02/2010 6:55:25 PM PDT · by Senormechanico · 85 replies
    me | 10/2/2010 | senormechanico
    Today Oct 2nd, my wife and I went to Seattle to see my mom for her 95th birthday. After a few miles as we drove to the ferry, I noticed something, actually the lack therof. There were no Obama stickers anywhere, not even on Toyota Priuses ! I became obsessed in finding how long this would last, so I looked at every single car we passed. I even looked in the rearview mirror when possible, and at parked cars on the roadside. I did not see a single one, even when we got to the ferry parking lot 20 miles...
  • Best Defense Against Car Theft: Drive a Prius

    08/08/2010 4:26:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Fast Company ^ | Aug 5, 2010 | Ariel Schwartz
    You hardly need a car alarm if you drive a Prius. That's the conclusion of a new vehicle theft study from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). According to the report, thieves are after "chrome, horsepower, and HEMIs," but not "sedate family cars and fuel-sippers." HLDI's report calculates the vehicles with the highest insurance claims for theft by taking into account the rate at which insurance claims are filed as well as the size of the payments. Unsurprisingly, the rap-song-worthy Escalade is the most stolen car--one out of every 100 are swiped by thieves. Other popular targets include the Hummer,...
  • This Man Fought Toyota For Stealing His Hybrid Tech And Won

    07/22/2010 9:01:35 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 9 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 21 July | Sam Smith
    Alex Severinsky, a Soviet emigrant who began his career developing antitank-warfare instrumentation, patented a system for powering gas-electric hybrids in 1994. Toyota used his system for the Prius without permission or payment. Until this week. Alex Severinsky recieved his master's degree in electrical engineering from the Kharkov College of Radioelectronics, in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1967. Eight years later, he earned his Ph.D. in the same discipline from Moscow's Institute for Precision Measurements in Radioelectronics and Physics. Three years after that, he emigrated to the United States as a refugee. On September 6, 1994, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued...
  • How Media Took Us For A Ride In A Prius (The great Hybrid Horror Hoax)

    03/24/2010 6:48:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 1,201+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 03/24/2010 | Michael Fumento
    For three days, James Sikes held America's highest honor: victim. The nation had been transfixed by his almost half-hour-long 94-mph horror ride in his runaway Toyota Prius. He burned his brakes right down to the metal, unable to even slow the vehicle. Only his prescience in calling 911, followed by a highway patrol officer providing assistance, saved his life. Then my article "Toyota Hybrid Horror Hoax" at Forbes.com brought it crashing down. But lest you get false impressions from that title, the real hoaxter wasn't Jim Sikes, but the media. Red flags about his story were popping up from the...
  • How Media Took Us For A Ride In A Prius

    03/23/2010 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,226+ views
    Investor.com ^ | March 23, 2010 | MICHAEL FUMENTO
    For three days, James Sikes held America's highest honor: victim. The nation had been transfixed by his almost half-hour-long 94-mph horror ride in his runaway Toyota Prius. He burned his brakes right down to the metal, unable to even slow the vehicle. Only his prescience in calling 911, followed by a highway patrol officer providing assistance, saved his life. Then my article "Toyota Hybrid Horror Hoax" at Forbes.com brought it crashing down. But lest you get false impressions from that title, the real hoaxter wasn't Jim Sikes, but the media. Red flags about his story were popping up from the...
  • Toyota: Runaway Prius Guy Jim Sikes Is Balloon-Boy 2

    03/15/2010 11:57:14 PM PDT · by hamboy · 56 replies · 1,375+ views
    Business Insider ^ | March 15, 2010 | Henry Blodget
    The appropriate word here would probably be "busted." "My Prius went wild!" guy Jim Sikes apparently didn't realize his car carried the equivalent of an airliner's Black Box. Ah, well.  Live and learn, Jim.  In the Big House.
  • Results of Toyota's tests of runaway Prius 'inconsistent' with driver's account

    03/15/2010 2:29:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 739+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 15, 2010 | 1:14 p.m | Times Staff Reports
    The carmaker says it failed to reproduce the stuck accelerator that a motorist says took him on a wild ride near San Diego last week.The automaker said its two days of testing failed to reproduce James Sikes' reported stuck accelerator that the driver said led to a 20-minute ride on a San Diego area freeway before he could get the car stopped with the help of the California Highway Patrol. Toyota said its investigators found the accelerator pedal to be "working normally," with no interference caused by floor mats. No diagnostic trouble codes were found by the testers in the...
  • Toyota, transport officials unable to spot reported Prius fault

    03/15/2010 5:49:54 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies · 710+ views
    marketwatch ^ | March 15, 2010
    Technicians with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Toyota Motor Corp. could not duplicate the unintended acceleration reported by a Prius driver in California last week, according to a published report. The lawyer of the motorists involved in the run-away-vehicle incident received a congressional memo informing him of the finding, the Associated Press reported Sunday. The memo also questioned his client's version of events. The memo was based on the observations of a congressional staffer who attended a two-day inspection last week at a Toyota dealership in suburban San Diego. A Toyota official who attended the inspection was cited...
  • CNN: Investigators Unable To Recreate Runaway Prius After 2 Hours of Trying (Video)

    03/14/2010 10:16:04 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 41 replies · 957+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 3/14/10 | HAP
    Draft memo obtained by CNN: "It's feasibly not possible both electronically and mechanically that the gas pedal was stuck and that Mr. Sikes could have been slamming on the brake pedal at the same time and not have the car slow down" (Prius story debunked, 2 videos)
  • Toyota Hybrid Horror Hoax

    03/13/2010 12:29:13 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 60 replies · 2,182+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 03-12-10 | Michael Fumento
    Exploring an overblown media frenzy. "On the very day Toyota was making a high-profile defense of its cars, one of them was speeding out of control," said CBS News--and a vast number of other media outlets worldwide. The driver of a 2008 Toyota Prius, James Sikes, called 911 to say his accelerator was stuck, he was zooming faster than 90 miles per hour and absolutely couldn't slow down. It got far more dramatic, though. The California Highway Patrol responded and "To get the runaway car to stop, they actually had to put their patrol car in front of the Prius...
  • Prius “Balloon Boy”: Scam for cash? Ex biz partner fingers Sikes as scammer

    03/13/2010 10:51:51 AM PST · by Starman417 · 30 replies · 1,699+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-13-10 | Mataharley
    Independent investigative journalist, Michael Fumento, has down the yeoman's work on what appears to be the latest "Balloom Boy" hoax, Jim Sike's runaway Prius escapade on San Diego's Interstate 8. Just as a nation watched a solitary balloon supposedly containing a young boy, made all the more dramatic when mesmerized, by hushed voices by talking heads expressing their horror, again the media dominated the airwaves with an runaway Prius with 61 year old Realtor®, Jim Sikes, at the wheel and on his cell with 911 responders. Still, there were a few detecting a distinct aroma about the affair. 911 repeatedly...
  • I Am Not Afraid Of My Toyota Prius

    03/12/2010 2:40:45 PM PST · by raptor22 · 52 replies · 1,304+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 12, 2010 | Theodore H. Frank
    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...
  • Man at Wheel of 'Out-of-Control' Prius Has Troubled Financial Past

    03/12/2010 2:18:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 26 replies · 1,369+ views
    FOX News ^ | March 12, 2010 | Staff
    The man who became the face of the Toyota gas pedal scandal this week has a troubled financial past that is leading some to question whether he was wholly truthful in his story. 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...
  • Man at Wheel of 'Out-of-Control' Prius Has Troubled Financial Past

    03/12/2010 12:50:06 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies · 735+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 3/12/2010 | Staff
    The man who became the face of the Toyota gas pedal scandal this week has a troubled financial past that is leading some to question whether he was wholly truthful in his story. 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...
  • Toyota hybrid runaway story a hoax?

    03/12/2010 1:04:44 PM PST · by paltz · 24 replies · 1,669+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 3/12/10 | Kerry Picket
    Michael Fumento writes at Forbes.com that the out of control Toyota Prius story is likely a hoax. Prius owner James Sikes may have pulled off a scam complete with a 911 call to cops when he claimed his car's gas pedal was stuck, and he was accelerating faster than 90 miles an hour. It got far more dramatic, though. The California Highway Patrol responded and "To get the runaway car to stop, they actually had to put their patrol car in front of the Prius and step on the brakes." During over 20 harrowing minutes, according to NBC's report, Sikes...
  • Theodore H. Frank: I am not afraid of my Toyota Prius

    03/12/2010 10:31:38 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 697+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/11/10 | Theodore H. Frank
    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. I knew the public hysteria had reached unprecedented proportions when my father, a Ph.D. geologist skeptical of everything from George W. Bush to global warming (and that’s just the G’s), credulously emailed me repeatedly to demand I read a press release...
  • Man at Wheel of 'Out-of-Control' Prius Has Troubled Financial Past

    03/12/2010 9:14:38 AM PST · by Chet 99 · 59 replies · 1,836+ views
    The man who became the face of the Toyota gas pedal scandal this week has a troubled financial past that is leading some to question whether he was wholly truthful in his story. 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...
  • Bankrupt Runaway Prius Driver Owns Adult Swinger Site

    03/11/2010 7:19:24 PM PST · by NotThere · 29 replies · 1,831+ views
    www.jalopnik.com ^ | Today | Matt Hardigree
    Earlier today we broke a story about the San Diego runaway Toyota Prius driver James Sikes recently declaring bankruptcy. Now, a review of records shows a link to a sex site for couples and a series of mysterious thefts. Following up on a tip sent to TTAC, a search of California Business Records shows the company Adutlswinglife LLC is owned by a Mr. James Sikes of Carlsbad, California. The company operates the website AdultSwingLife.com (NSFW), which advertises that it supports "The Adult lifestyle, wife swapping, hook-up, Swinger clubs, adult social club, booty call, Friends with Benefits, NASCA" with webchats, message...
  • Law Firm: Prius Runaway Driver Won't Sue Toyota

    03/11/2010 5:08:20 PM PST · by Touch Not the Cat · 35 replies · 840+ views
    kmx1070 ^ | Posted: Thursday, 11 March 2010 4:32PM
    A law firm for the driver who says his Toyota Prius sped out of control in California doesn't plan to sue the Japanese automaker. The Gomez Law Firm issued a statement Thursday, saying it represents James Sikes. It was unclear why the law firm was retained; a phone message to the firm wasn't immediately returned. Sikes told authorities he was driving near San Diego on Monday when his accelerator stuck. He says the car reached 94 mph before a California Highway Patrol officer helped him slow down. The statement said Sikes hopes an investigation will identify what caused the incident
  • Did Bankrupt Runaway Prius Driver Fake "Unintended Acceleration?"

    03/11/2010 3:43:46 PM PST · by NotThere · 27 replies · 1,509+ views
    www.jalopnik.com ^ | today | www.jalopnik.com
    James Sikes, the San Diego runaway Toyota Prius driver, filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and now has over $700,000 in debt. According to one anonymous tipster, we're also told he hasn't been making payments on his Prius.
  • Spike in Prius complaints may not be all it seems

    03/10/2010 6:28:30 PM PST · by Touch Not the Cat · 23 replies · 728+ views
    yahoo ^ | Wednesday March 10, 2010, 8:10 pm EST | Erin Mcclam and Tom Krisher
    Reports of sudden acceleration in the Toyota Prius have spiked across the country. But that doesn't mean there's an epidemic of bad gas pedals in the popular hybrid. Experts on consumer psychology say the relentless negative media attention Toyota has received since the fall makes it much more likely that drivers will mistake anything unexpected -- or even a misplaced foot -- for actual danger. "When people expect problems, they're more likely to find them," said Lars Perner, a professor of clinical marketing at Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California. In just the first 10 weeks of...
  • CAFE Vs. Toyota

    03/10/2010 6:12:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies · 1,162+ views
    Investors.com ^ | March 10, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Auto Safety: As a Toyota Prius with a stuck accelerator races down a California freeway, no one mourns the victims of the fuel economy standards imposed by Congress. Forced into smaller cars, thousands have died. We can barely imagine the panic felt by James Sikes, 61, as his Toyota Prius accelerated uncontrollably while he drove down Interstate 8 in San Diego County. We can imagine the continuation of the grandstanding by the owners of "government motors" as they further browbeat a competitor of government-run GM and Chrysler. We do not minimize the safety issues here that need to be addressed,...
  • Runaway Prius driver: Brakes were 'almost burned' [But he wouldn't shift into neutral!]

    03/10/2010 6:36:28 AM PST · by justlurking · 255 replies · 5,444+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2010-03-10 | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    Before he called 911, James Sikes says he reached down with his hand to loosen the "stuck" accelerator on his 2008 Toyota Prius, his other hand on the steering wheel. The pedal didn't move. "My car can't slow down," he began when a California Highway Patrol dispatcher answered his call. [...] During the two 911 calls, Sikes ignored many of the dispatcher's questions, saying later that he had to put his phone on the seat to keep his hands on the wheel. Leighann Parks, a 24-year-old dispatcher, repeatedly told him to throw the car into neutral but got no answers....
  • Toyota Working on Prius Recall Fix

    03/09/2010 2:16:17 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 415+ views
    wsj. ^ | MARCH 9, 2010 | NEAL E. BOUDETTE And JOSH MITCHELL
    Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday that the Prius involved in a highly publicized acceleration incident on a California freeway along with hundreds of thousands of others will be recalled to prevent floor mats from pinning down the gas pedal. But the recall hasn't been issued because Toyota "hasn't developed the remedy yet," said Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons. In November, Toyota recalled several models including the Toyota Camry and Avalon sedans and the Lexus ES sedan to reshape the floor and gas pedals to prevent unsecured or ill-fitting floor mats from entrapping the pedal in an open position. As part of...
  • Runaway Toyota Prius reached 90 mph - police

    03/09/2010 8:02:35 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 138 replies · 597+ views
    Runaway Toyota Prius reached 90 mph - police Tue Mar 9, 2010 3:46pm GMT LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The driver of a 2008 Toyota Prius said his car uncontrollably accelerated to over 90 miles per hour on a San Diego County freeway before a California Highway Patrol officer helped him stop the car, police said. The driver, 61-year-old James Sikes, was not injured in the Monday incident, which is another claim of unintended acceleration that has caused the greatest image crisis for Toyota Motor Corp in its history. The incident occurred in the same county where an off-duty California Highway...
  • Runaway Media Hype in Toyota Prius Crash: Despite Media Reports, Cars Never Touched

    03/09/2010 8:43:14 AM PST · by wrrock · 90 replies · 459+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 3/9/2010 | Car Dealer Review
    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...
  • Prius with stuck accelerator glides to safe stop - runaway Toyota

    03/08/2010 10:56:10 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 70 replies · 503+ views
    hosted. ^ | Mar 9
    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) -- A California Highway Patrol officer helped slow a runaway Toyota Prius from 94 mph to a safe stop on Monday after the car's accelerator became stuck on a San Diego County freeway, the CHP said. Prius driver James Sikes called 911 about 1:30 p.m. after accelerating to pass another vehicle on Interstate 8 near La Posta and finding that he could not control his car, the CHP said. "I pushed the gas pedal to pass a car and it did something kind of funny...
  • Runaway Prius Needed Help to Stop: CHP

    03/08/2010 6:42:10 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 156 replies · 441+ views
    NBCSanDiego.com ^ | 3/8/10 | R. STICKNEY
    California Highway Patrol officers say their patrol car acted as a brake for a Toyota Prius with a stuck accelerator Monday. The car, headed eastbound on Interstate 8, was going at a high rate of speed because the accelerator was stuck, according to CHP spokesperson Brian Pennings. The patrol car moved in front of the Prius and engaged its brakes to bring the Prius to a stop, according to CHP. The car eventually stopped on the highway near the La Posta Bridge in the area of the Golden Acorn Casino.