Toyota Prius not covered in accelerator recall, in runaway incident
According to reports from the San Diego Police in California, a Toyota Prius was involved in a runaway incident when apparently the gas pedal caught whilst the driver was on the freeway. Police were called to assist the runaway car, responding to a 911 emergency call from the motorist as he sped along at up to 94 mph.
According to MarketWatch.com the police directed the driver to use both his regular and emergency brakes. Eventually once the speed decelerated to 50 mph, he stopped the engine and coasted to a halt.
Although the Toyota Prius is among the millions of cars that have been recalled by Toyota, it was NOT recalled for accelerator problems, but for brake issues. Other Toyota models had been recalled for sticking accelerator problems whilst Toyota Prius models between 2004-2009 have been recalled for problems with floor mats trapping gas medals.
There are reports that Toyota have sent a field technical specialist to San Diego to assist and look into the incident. Do you think this could lead to yet more recalls from Toyota, and how do you think this will further damage Toyota’s reputation and fortunes?
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